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Tuxedo Park : The Wall Street Tycoon Who Changed the Course of World War II

Tuxedo Park : The Wall Street Tycoon Who Changed the Course of World War II

Author: Jennet Conant
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The Untold Story of the American Entrepreneur Who Helped Build the Atomic Bomb and Defeat the Nazis. Legendary financier, philanthropist, and society figure Alfred Lee Loomis gathered the most visionary scientific minds of the twentieth century -- Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg, Niels Bohr, Enrico Fermi, and others -- at his state-of-the-art laboratory in Tuxedo Park, New York, in the late 1930s. He established a top-secret defense laboratory at MIT and personally bankrolled pioneering research into new, high-powered radar detection systems that helped defeat the German Air Force and U-boats. With Ernest Lawrence, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist, he pushed Franklin Delano Roosevelt to fund research in nuclear fission, which led to the development of the atomic bomb. Jennet Conant, the granddaughter of James Bryant Conant, one of the leading scientific advisers of World War II, enjoyed unprecedented access to Loomis' papers, as well as to people intimately involved in his life and work. She pierces through Loomis' obsessive secrecy and illuminates his role in assuring the Allied victory. Review: "The Wall Street Journal"Understanding just how America wins wars is a pressing task these days, which makes the story of Alfred Loomis especially timely -- and instructive....[His] remarkable story is being told now only thanks to Ms. Conant, a journalist who combines a graceful writing style with her own family connections to his secretive life. First published 2002.

Reviews

"The Wall Street Journal"Understanding just how America wins wars is a pressing task these days, which makes the story of Alfred Loomis especially timely -- and instructive....[His] remarkable story is being told now only thanks to Ms. Conant, a journalist who combines a graceful writing style with her own family connections to his secretive life.

Author description

Author Biography: Jennet Conant's profiles have appeared in VANITY FAIR, ESQUIRE, GQ, NEWSWEEK, and THE NEW YORK TIMES. The granddaughter and grand niece of two of the scientists from the Tuxedo Park community, she lives in New York City and Sag Harbour.

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General Fields

  • : 9780684872889
  • : schust
  • : schust
  • : July 2003
  • : 215mm X 140mm X 24mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 352
  • : Ill.
  • : Jennet Conant
  • : Paperback