There have been two recent publications of biographies of an important figure in the history of nuclear physics. I offer them as suggested reading material for both nukes, and parents of nukes. They're excellent if you've got some background in the field; they're colorful and informative (if somewhat mysterious) if you don't have a science or engineering background. Both books do a great job of painting a picture of the people involved, and the historical environment in which the science emerged.
"The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi" by David N Schwartz (2017)
"The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age" by Gino Segre and Bettina Hoerlin (2016)
Of course, anything by Richard Feynman, too. But that's older material.
I welcome suggestions of other books.
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