Books by Jennet Conant

MAN OF THE HOUR by Jennet Conant
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Conant deserves a place among the traditional 'wise men' (Acheson, Harriman et al.), an elite group of white, male, East Coast advisers, all pragmatic, realistic, and nonideological, who guided presidential policy from World War II through the end of the Cold War. This book gives him that place."
A biography of a "chemist, statesman, educator, and critic…[who] had within his grasp all the elements to help forge the new atomic age." Read full book review >
Released: April 5, 2011

"Thoroughly researched, fluid and compelling."
The author of three previous accounts of World War II espionage (The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington, 2008, etc.) returns with the story of the Childs and their associates during their turbulent, eventful years with the Office of Strategic Services. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Entertaining social history that also reveals a little-known aspect of an important literary figure's life."
The noted children's author was once one of several British agents conducting espionage in the United States. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2005

"Vividly told, the interplay of personalities that would ultimately transform the world."
Revisiting the Manhattan Project and the production of the first atomic bomb—and the man who assembled and directed its cast of thousands. Read full book review >
Released: May 9, 2002

"Remarkable and remarkably told, as if F. Scott Fitzgerald had penned Batman."
An examination of the remarkable role of the shadowy but powerful "amateur physicist" whose intellect and energy spurred critical scientific research that shortened and helped win WWII. Read full book review >