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The Resource Man of the hour : James B. Conant, warrior scientist, Jennet Conant

Man of the hour : James B. Conant, warrior scientist, Jennet Conant

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Man of the hour : James B. Conant, warrior scientist
Title
Man of the hour
Title remainder
James B. Conant, warrior scientist
Statement of responsibility
Jennet Conant
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The 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 WWI. 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 WWII. 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"--
  • "The 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 WWI. 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 WWII. 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. 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, the repercussions of which are still affecting our world today"--
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Biography type
individual biography
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Conant, Jennet
Dewey number
  • 370.92
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
CT275.C757
LC item number
C66 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Conant, James Bryant
  • Manhattan Project (U.S.)
  • Educators
  • College presidents
  • Chemists
  • Atomic bomb
  • Cold War
  • Science and state
  • Technology and state
  • United States
Label
Man of the hour : James B. Conant, warrior scientist, Jennet Conant
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 501-561) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Atomic pioneer -- A Dorchester boy -- A Harvard man -- No-man's-land -- The chemists' war -- Air castles -- The specialist -- The dark horse -- Unexpected troubles -- The acid test -- A private citizen speaks out -- Mission to London -- War scientist -- A colossal gamble -- Uneasy alliances -- One fell stroke -- A changed world -- Atomic chaos -- First of the cold warriors -- A rotten business -- Man of the hour -- Warrior educator
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
x, 587 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781476730882
Lccn
2017033241
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn981640008
  • (OCoLC)981640008
  • 2051561
Label
Man of the hour : James B. Conant, warrior scientist, Jennet Conant
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 501-561) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Atomic pioneer -- A Dorchester boy -- A Harvard man -- No-man's-land -- The chemists' war -- Air castles -- The specialist -- The dark horse -- Unexpected troubles -- The acid test -- A private citizen speaks out -- Mission to London -- War scientist -- A colossal gamble -- Uneasy alliances -- One fell stroke -- A changed world -- Atomic chaos -- First of the cold warriors -- A rotten business -- Man of the hour -- Warrior educator
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
x, 587 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781476730882
Lccn
2017033241
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn981640008
  • (OCoLC)981640008
  • 2051561

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