Man of the Hour: James B. Conant, Warrior Scientist

Man of the Hour James B Conant Warrior Scientist Gripping outstanding portrait of a technocrat at work and at home The Wall Street Journal Evocativelentless The New York Times Book Review This is biography and history at its best Doris Kearns Goodw

  • Title: Man of the Hour: James B. Conant, Warrior Scientist
  • Author: Jennet Conant
  • ISBN: 9781476730882
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Gripping outstanding portrait of a technocrat, at work and at home The Wall Street Journal Evocativelentless The New York Times Book Review This is biography and history at its best Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Team of Rivals and The Bully PulpitThe remarkable life of one of the most influential men of the greatest generation, Ja Gripping outstanding portrait of a technocrat, at work and at home The Wall Street Journal Evocativelentless The New York Times Book Review This is biography and history at its best Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Team of Rivals and The Bully PulpitThe remarkable life of one of the most influential men of the greatest generation, James B Conant a savvy architect of the nuclear age and the Cold War told by his granddaughter, New York Times bestselling author Jennet Conant.James Bryant Conant was a towering figure He was at the center of the mammoth threats and challenges of the twentieth century As a young eminent chemist, he supervised the production of poison gas in World War I As a controversial president of Harvard University, he was a champion of meritocracy and open admissions As an advisor to FDR, he led the interventionist cause for US entrance in World War II During that war, Conant was the administrative director of the Manhattan Project, oversaw the development of the atomic bomb and argued that it be used against the industrial city of Hiroshima in Japan Later, he urged the Atomic Energy Commission to reject the hydrogen bomb, and devoted the rest of his life to campaigning for international control of atomic weapons As Eisenhower s high commissioner to Germany, he helped to plan German recovery and was an architect of the United States Cold War policy.Now New York Times bestselling author Jennet Conant recreates the cataclysmic events of the twentieth century as her grandfather James experienced them She describes the guilt, fears, and sometimes regret of those who invented and deployed the bombs and the personal toll it took From the White House to Los Alamos to Harvard University, Man of the Hour is based on hundreds of documents and diaries, interviews with Manhattan Projects scientists, Harvard colleagues, and Conant s friends and family, including her father, James B Conant s son This is a very intimate, up close look at some of the most argued cases of modern times among them the use of chemical weapons, the decision to drop the bomb, Oppenheimer s fate, the politics of post war Germany and the Cold War the repercussions of which are still affecting our world today.

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    1. James Conant was one of the most famous men of his time. He was an award winning chemist who made several scientific breakthroughs, one of the youngest presidents of Harvard serving so for two decades, director of the Manhattan Project, confidant of Presidents FDR, Truman & Eisenhower, high commissioner to Germany during the occupation after the war and once the occupation ended ambassador to Germany and in later years did a study of education in America resulting in three groundbreaking boo [...]

    2. I suppose one should approach with caution a biography written by the subject's granddaughter, but Jennet Conant does provides an interesting portrait of a remarkable man in James B. Conant, and the main take-away from book is why Conant is not mentioned more often among the great men of the 20th century given his involvement in so many of the major events and decisions of the era.

    3. The granddaughter of James B. Conant undertakes a review of his life. I had read her book 109 East Palace some years ago which was a fascinating book about the Manhattan Project from the point of view of the project secretary and front person, a woman. The first five chapters of this book should have been interesting. They described how the families who came on the first ships to America sorted themselves out to become the snobbish elitist families of Boston. I think these chapters were intended [...]

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