My husband is taking a class in project management. He has to do a speech about the Manhattan Project and apply the project management ideas he is learning in class to the Manhattan Project. I'm not taking the class, but I'm not sure this is such a good idea. Why take a modern perspective of things and superimpose it on something that happened a generation before most of the people in the class were even born? Seems to invite unfair criticism and put a revisionist spin on things. It's like reading the bible sitting in our comfortable houses with running water and electricity and not placing things in context.
The whole Manhattan Project thing made me think of J. Robert Oppenheimer and what a complex character he was. Brilliant theoretical physicist, but possibly too distracted to reach his full potential. One time Communist. A Hindu Jew. Father of the Atomic Bomb, but at times seemingly conflicted about his involvement in the Nuclear Age. Beloved professor. Mistrusted friend and colleague. Famous for misquoting Hindu scripture when he said of his nuclear involvement,
"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."
But, someone who has curiously been the recipient of revisionist history is Margaret Sanger.
Championed as the founder of what was to become Planned Parenthood, many people today are unaware of her racist ideas and support of eugenics.
I found it interesting that she, like some other current hollywood types, threatened to leave the country if Kennedy was elected president. From wiki:
During the 1960 presidential elections, Sanger was dismayed by candidate John F. Kennedy's position on birth control (Kennedy did not believe birth control should be a matter of government policy). She threatened to leave the country if Kennedy were elected, but evidently reconsidered after Kennedy won the election.
Maybe Oppenheimer's misquoted quote was addressing the wrong person.