James B. Conant: Harvard to Hiroshima and the Making of the Nuclear Age

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Stanford University Press, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 948 pages
James B. Conant (1893-1978) was one of the giants of the American establishment in the twentieth century. President of Harvard University from 1933 to 1953, he was also a scientist who led the US government's effort to develop weapons of mass destruction, and his story mirrors the transition of the United States from isolationism to global superpower at the dawn of the nuclear age. 'This splendid portrait of Conant ... illuminates the life of a pivotal figure in the making of US nuclear, scientific, educational, and foreign policy for almost half a century. But the book is much more: it is not only an insightful narration of Conant's life, it is also a brilliant and important account of the making of the nuclear age, a chronicle that contains much that is new.' TheWashington Post 'The bomb would be as much Conant's as it was anyone's in government. His inner response to that burden of responsibility has long been obscured, but it is illumined here ... This is a model of historiography that is evocative reading.' The New York Times Book Review 'Vibrantly written and compelling, it breaches Conant's shield of public discretion in masterly fashion ...
 

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In 1970, organic chemist, Harvard president, and nuclear- weapons mandarin Conant published a ponderous and unrevealing autobiography, My Several Lives. Now, in an even more massive but engrossing ... Read full review

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Conant, one of the most prominent educators of the this century, served his country in many capacities throughout his long career. Hershberg, a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for ... Read full review

Contents

One of the Outstanding Kibitzers of the Age
3
Harvard College 19101913
20
Conant and World War I 19141918
35
Professor of Chemistry 19191933
49
President Conant Goes to War 19391940
111
Conant Bohr
194
Shaping Hiroshimas Legacy 19451947
279
Building Bombs Again 1947
305
God and Man at Harvard
578
Cold War Educator Part
606
Ambassador to West Germany 19551957
687
Educational Statesman 19571965
706
Winter for the Conant Family
739
Appendixes
757
Principal Sources
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Cold War Educator Part
391
Nobody Is Safe August 1948May 1949
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Commencement June 1949
450
The Great Debate 1951
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Conant and the Militarization of American Science 19501952
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Index
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