THE ATOM: A Matter of Character

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The question that hung for eight weeks over the shabby, drab little hearing room in Washington's Temporary Building III held a burning implication for virtually everyone who walked through the door. For the thin, angular man with the chill blue eyes and the close-cropped hair, it was a challenge that demanded a desperate fight, even though he might have retired quietly on his honors without fighting. To many of the 40 great names of American atomic science and education, who flocked from their farthest retreats to testify to J. Robert...

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