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Thursday, August 03, 2023

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“Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” become the blockbuster films of the summer.

Perhaps they have piqued your interest in the following items that can be borrowed from our library.


Forever Barbie: the unauthorized biography of a real doll by M.G. Lord

This book tells the fascinating story of Barbie, from her introduction in 1959 through 2004. According to the description, “investigative journalist M. G. Lord, herself a first-generation Barbie owner, has written a provocative, zany, occasionally shocking book that will change how you look at the doll and the world.”

Barbie and Ruth: the story of the world’s most famous doll and the woman who created her by Robin Gerber.

This is a biography about an amazing female entrepreneur and how she created a world famous toy. This toy has created a debate about women’s roles. Barbie changed the toy industry.

The Tribe: an unorthodox, unauthorized, history of the Jewish people and the Barbie doll… in about 15 minutes (DVD)

This documentary tells the history of the Barbie doll and the Jewish people. It has won numerous awards for Best documentary.



Oppenheimer by I.I. Rabi

This book contains descriptions of Oppenheimer’s early years, The Los Alamos years, His time at Princeton and his Public service and human contributions

J. Robert Oppenheimer: Shatterer of Worlds by Peter Goodchild

Containing released FBI material and interviews to describe the work, personality and life of the man who they considered a security risk and who created the atom bomb.

American Prometheus: the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin

“The first full-scale biography of the "father of the atomic bomb," the brilliant, charismatic physicist who led the effort to capture the fire of the sun for his country in time of war. After Hiroshima, he became the most famous scientist of his generation--an icon of modern man confronting the consequences of scientific progress. He created a radical proposal to place international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb and criticized the Air Force's plans to fight a nuclear war. In the hysteria of the early 1950s, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup, and people such as Edward Teller and FBI director J. Edgar Hoover worked behind the scenes to obtain a finding that he could not be trusted with America's nuclear secrets. This book is both biography and history, significant to our understanding of our recent past--and of our choices for the future.”

The Manhattan project: the birth of the atomic bomb in the words of its creators, eyewitnesses, and hsitorians, Cynthia C. Kelly, Ed.

“ A collection of writings--including essays, articles, and excerpts from biographies, plays, novels, letters, and oral histories--explores the history of the Manhattan Project and analyzes its legacy.”

The Atomic Café. Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader, Pierce Rafferty directors (DVD)

"A compilation of archival film clips beginning with the first atomic bomb detonation in the New Mexico desert. The footage, much of it produced as government propaganda, follows the story of the bomb through the two atomic attacks on Japan that ended World War II to the bomb's central role in the cold war. Shown along with the famous 'duck and cover' Civil Defense films are lesser-known clips, many of which possess a bizarre black humor when seen today"--Amazon.com. The footage is accompanied by contemporary music about the nuclear age.