Memoirs: A Twentieth-Century Journey in Science and Politics

by Edward Teller, Judith Shoolery (Contributor)

Reviewed April 15, 2004

Book CoverBest known as the "father" of the hydrogen bomb, Edward Teller has written his autobiography entitled, Memoirs. This book covers the life of one of the last living links to the major figures of the Manhattan Project. (Editor's note: Edward Teller died on September 9th, 2003.)

Dr. Teller tells of his childhood in Hungary, his education in and later flight from there, this work on the atomic bomb, and his quest to develop the "Super".

He does address one of the most controversial episodes of his life - his testimony at Oppenheimer's security hearing in 1954. He does express remorse over the incident, however it seems somewhat late in coming.

Although the book focuses mostly on the events of the 1940s and 1950s, Teller does reflect on his role in founding the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and his efforts toward President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative.

This book also offers interesting insights into the lives of many important people associated with nuclear science and defense policy in the twentieth century.