James Kunetka

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James Kunetka is this week’s guest. The writer, historian and best-selling author will talk to us about his latest book, The General and the Genius: Groves and Oppenheimer — The Unlikely Partnership that Built the Atom Bomb  (Regnery History, 2015).

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James Kunetka is a writer and historian and the author of three nonfiction books and four novels. His nonfiction include popular histories of America’s early atomic weapons development and his most recent book is The General and the Genius, the story of the WWII relationship between General Leslie Groves of the Manhattan Project and scientist Robert Oppenheimer. His novels include the NYTimes best-seller, Warday. Kunetka lives and works in Austin, Texas.

Praise for THE GENERAL AND THE GENIUS by Renergy History Press

“An entertaining and informative account of a time of great discovery, and great accomplishment.” Publishers Weekly

“In this excellent book, Kunetka never gets overly technical in recounting the birth of the atom bomb. He stays on task, showing the human dimension in a sturdy partnership that neither could have predicted but that nevertheless ‘worked.'”  National Review

The General and the Genius provides an engaging and accessible look at the development of the first atomic weapons in New Mexico.” Conservative Book Club

“Kunetka does an excellent job of describing the challenges faced by the odd couple of Groves and Oppenheimer … this is must reading.”  Foreward Reviews

“This valuable dual biography of two exceptional men is a worthy addition to the ever-expanding literature on the development of the atomic bomb. Recommended for all collections.” Library Journal

“The narrative is often a fascinating look at one of the pivotal moments in both military and human history, and Kunetka deftly weaves together science, politics, and personal color to bring to life the extraordinary circumstances facing hi subjects.”  Kirkus Reviews

“Kunetka has a particular talent for building suspense across his narrative arc … Both specialists and general readers will find their time well spent on this excellent book.”  Book Best


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