By Steve Sheinkin
Theme #1- Trust
In this story the United States gathers its most prestigious scientists in multiple locations to work on their atomic bomb project, called the Manhattan Project. They Pick Robert Oppenheimer to be one of the main physicists in this project. The United States has to trust Oppenheimer with their secrets, even though Oppenheimer is to be a known Communist sympathizer. All of the scientist also had to be trusted to be in the project, because at the time, most of the top scientists were of European nationality, but were working in the US. The lack of trust was present in this operation as well. The United States was displaying a lack of trust with many other countries like the USSR. Instead of trusting the USSR with what we already knew, the US just kept their physics. If the US collaborated with the USSR they would have made the atomic bomb much faster, and probably had better relations during the Cold War.