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America's Children
First Edition, 1984, Chatto and Windus, London
Republished by Overlook Press, 2001


The Economist, March 8 2003
“It is rare in any novel that characters debate the fate of mankind without an ounce of pretension. Yet the protagonist of “America’s Children” reflects on the future of his species as a matter of obligation...Mr. Thackara’s chilling descriptions of the first A-bomb test at Trinity, the bombing of Hiroshima, and the tests of the Hydrogen bomb...are terrific.”

Thackara's debut novel, published in the U.S. for the first time, explores the enigmatic J. Robert Oppenheimer and chronicles the birth of the nuclear age in America

The Boston Globe 2001
The tone and rhythm of the writing are most often biblical, mythical. Thackara uses narrative as a framework for meditation…

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 25, 2001 Robert A. Papinchak
Thackara does a splendid job of detailing the process of research and theories (like a discussion of implosion theory) without becoming too technical.

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