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THE MAN WHO WOULD BE GOD (449 pp.)—Haakon Chevalier—Putnam ($4.95).

The enigma of famed Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer lingers on chiefly because he swallowed the key to the Oppenheimer case—his own character. One of the strangest, most mystifying glimpses of that character was furnished by the "Chevalier incident," which played a substantial part in the Atomic Energy Commission's 1954 decision to lift Oppenheimer's security clearance. Now one of the principals in that incident has written a novel, and there is more than a hint from both author and publisher that the book will explain...

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