THE JOURNALS OF DAVID E. LILIENTHAL: Vol. III by David Lilienthal

THE JOURNALS OF DAVID E. LILIENTHAL: Vol. III

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It is hard to believe that Volume III can sustain successfully the same excitement which was so well engendered in the previous volumes (1964). Mr. Lilienthal recorded in those early journals his nineteen years as a public servant, largely focussed on the TVA and the AEC. This volume, covering 1950-1955, follows his search for a new life as a businessman and the ultimate decision, after varied experiences, to capitalize everything in what is now called the Development and Resources Corporation. This was designed to provide development services for underdeveloped parts of the world, rivers, land, and most important, people, which will be the subject of the volume to follow.... This is a record, personal, candid, thoughtful, of his ""venture- some years,"" of the doubts which attended the shift from the political to the economic center, contacts with new types of people in American and international finance and industry, and the growth of a small business into a big one. But he wished to apply his genuine creative genius to something more than making money--and he was involved in a new company, in the start of the Colombian project, in TVA and AEC issues, in somewhat abortive work on the Indus River project in Pakistan and India, a role in New York City's troubled politics, writing, speaking, and always finding in his family great satisfaction. Names of the great, the near great, and others whom he knew become alive in his words. Controversial issues were recurrent--McCarthy, the Oppenheimer situation, the Dixon-Yates scandal, internal strife in both TVA and AEC.... A certain candidate for leading reviews, this third volume will take some readers back to the earlier journals. Further in the enlightening exposition of the man, of an era.

Publisher: Harper & Row