Cars, Energy, Nuclear Diplomacy, and the Law: A Reflective Memoir of Three Generations

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This multigenerational memoir sketches the lives of three generations of the author’s family that were involved with some of the most profound issues of the twentieth century. Smith’s paternal grandfather was present at the creation of General Motors Corporation and served as its Vice President and General Counsel. His maternal grandfather, William G. Maguire, was an entrepreneur and natural gas pipeline pioneer with a visionary grasp of natural gas’s significance in the twentieth century American economy. ...
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Cars, Energy, Nuclear Diplomacy and the Law: A Reflective Memoir of Three Generations

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Overview

This multigenerational memoir sketches the lives of three generations of the author’s family that were involved with some of the most profound issues of the twentieth century. Smith’s paternal grandfather was present at the creation of General Motors Corporation and served as its Vice President and General Counsel. His maternal grandfather, William G. Maguire, was an entrepreneur and natural gas pipeline pioneer with a visionary grasp of natural gas’s significance in the twentieth century American economy. Smith’s father served as a senior diplomat under five presidents, working to constrain the nuclear arms race between the United States and Russia and to curtail proliferation of nuclear weapons.
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Strobe Talbott
A thoughtful, often poignant reflection on the lives of three generations of J.T. Smith II’s family, whose careers in the energy sector, the automobile industry, superpower diplomacy, government service, and the law have contributed to the security of the nation and the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442220119
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/15/2012
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John Thomas Smith II, like his father and grandfather, is a lawyer. His career involved him in some of the signal events of the twentieth century, including the Saturday Night Massacre during “Watergate” and the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 William George Maguire 5

Chapter 2 John Thomas Smith 15

Chapter 3 More about J.T. 29

Chapter 4 My Father, Gerard C. Smith 37

Chapter 5 Life in Washington in the Early 50s 65

Reflection-Religion and "Last Things" 68

Chapter 6 State Department-Round One 81

Chapter 7 The 60s 89

Chapter 8 J.T.S..II, Yale Years 95

Chapter 9 Romance, Marriage, and Military Service 109

Reflection-A Digression on "Sex" 110

Chapter 10 G.C.S. and Strategic Arms Limitations 115

Chapter 11 J.T.S. II, Initial Public Service 125

Reflection-A Digression by a Member of the First Nuclear Weapons Generation 141

Chapter 12 J.T.S. II, Six Months of Justice 147

Reflection-A Digression on Drinking 163

Chapter 13 G.C.S. in the 1970s 167

Chapter 14 J.T.S. II, 1973-1978 173

Reflection-A Digression on Family and Friends 185

Chapter 15 The 1980s-A Fraught Decade 191

Reflection-A Digression on My Mother 197

Chapter 16 Two Divorces and Three Weddings 201

Reflection-A Digression on Divorce 201

Chapter 17 My Fathers Final Years 205

Reflection-A Digression on Reading 209

Chapter 18 Private Practice 211

Chapter 19 Final Days and Reflections 219

Reflection-A Final Digression on War and Death and American "Exceptionalism" 223

Epilogue 227

Notes 229

Bibliography 237

Index 241

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