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

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Jennet Conant will Present her New Hardcover Man of the Hour: James B. Conant, Warrior Scientist.  This Event is Co-Presented by Rainy Day Books & Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology.

ABOUT JENNET CONANT:  Jennet Conant is the Author of Man of the Hour: James B. Conant, Warrior Scientist and The New York Times Bestsellers The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington and Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II.  She has written for Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, Newsweek, and The New York Times.  She lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  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.

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Author Event at Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology, 5109 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64110

EVENT FORMAT:  Jennet Conant will Present her New Hardcover Man of the Hour: James B. Conant, Warrior Scientist.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This is a Complimentary OPEN House Event.  Registration is Required online through Eventbrite.  Rainy Day Books will have Jennet Conant’s Books for Sale at this Event.  Seating is General Admission.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110

AUTOGRAPHED BOOK: Author Autographed Hardcover of Man of the Hour by Jennet Conant.


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