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For Want of a Nail

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A banal request by the physicist Robert Oppenheime­r for a nail to hang his hat on is the starting point for Futurefarm­ers Amy Franceschi­ni and Michael Swaine’s original and engrossing narrative on the Manhattan Project, which led to the creation of four atomic bombs in the Los Alamos desert: from a nail to the nuclear bomb that changed the fate of humankind. www.mitpress.mit.edu

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