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Edward Teller
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Peter Goodchild is an award-winning television producer and the former head of both Science and Features & Drama at the BBC. His production of Oppenheimer won a British Academy Award and spawned an acclaimed biography.

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Edward Teller, the 'Father of the H-bomb, ' emerges in this readable biography as a brilliant, insecure, sometimes paranoid figure with a significant--and decidedly ambiguous--historical legacy... Goodchild, a BBC television producer and author of a biography of Oppenheimer, offers a detailed, studiously balanced portrait drawn from archives and interviews with Teller himself and many who knew (and loved or loathed) him.--Publishers Weekly (09/06/2004)
Peter Goodchild demonstrates in this sensitive and fascinating biography [that] Teller's danger arose from the fact that he was both a brilliant scientist and a skilled political manipulator--but unfortunately also a man of limited wisdom. It would be easy to ridicule [Teller], but Goodchild, to his credit, resists shallow scorn. Teller emerges as a complicated individual whose actions were always logical, if rather warped. He becomes rather more frightening than I had ever previously imagined, for it is no longer possible to dismiss him as a madman.-- (04/18/2004)
An excellent biography of a great physicist-politician and an interesting account of most of the science and politics involved with nuclear weapons.--R. L. Stearns"Choice" (03/01/2005)

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