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

Auteur : Jennet Conant
Éditeur: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2017. ©2017
Édition/format:   Livre imprimé : Biographie : Anglais : First Simon & Schuster hardcover editionVoir toutes les éditions et tous les formats
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"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
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Genre/forme: Biographies
Biography
History
Personne nommée: James Bryant Conant; James Bryant Conant
Type d’ouvrage: Biographie
Type de document: Livre
Tous les auteurs / collaborateurs: Jennet Conant
ISBN: 9781476730882 1476730881 9781476730912 1476730911
Numéro OCLC: 981640008
Description: x, 587 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contenu: 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.
Responsabilité: Jennet Conant.

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