DAVID LILIENTHAL by Willson Whitman

DAVID LILIENTHAL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Reported Sept. 1- P. 493- for Oct. 30 publication as follows:- News value- even with the lapse of months since the committee deadlock -- in Lilienthal's name, should stimulate interest in this excellent biography. Any man who has been identified with the two greatest projects of contemporary America -- TVA and the Atomic Energy Commission -- deserves a biography of this high calibre. The author's background, for the reading public, is his book on TVA -God's; Valley. Lilienthal is presented as the new type of public servant, whose training and ability, judgment and resourcefulness, make him the natural head of our next great project, the Atomic Energy Commission. The man, as he thinks and plans, comes through the text,- simple, modest, yet direct and forceful, a great leader in ideas of practical democracy at work. While the focus is on Lilienthal in relation to his two big jobs, there is a good human background- Lilienthal's boyhood and youth in Chicago, his first important job, economically and politically speaking, when the La Follettes brought him to Wisconsin, his battle with Willkie when he came to Tennessee. There is something of his family life, his marriage, his small son. A biography that gives one confidence in the man.

Pub Date: Jan. 19th, 1947
Publisher: Henry Holt