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What's a man to do after he's reached the pinnacle of fame at 25? James D. Watson's latest book reveals what happened after he and Francis Crick became world-class celebrities in the scientific community and, eventually, in the world beyond. Gossip from ancient times has it that Alexander the Great sat on a stone and wept like a baby when he realized that there were no countries left to conquer. Well, times have changed since Alexander, and today's conquering heroes find there's plenty to keep them occupied. If Watson and Crick's breakthrough discovery of the double-helical structure of DNA answered questions about the basic genetic structure of life, Watson's subsequent journey to knowledge was in large part fueled by a desire to answer another, no less burning question: What is this thing called love?
Capturing the spirit of his youth and playful escapades, Watson reminisces about a host of romantic encounters, especially about the girl who got away and the one who ultimately became his wife and lifelong soul mate. Even more interesting than his love interests are his relationships with the scientific giants of the 20th century, among them Niels Bohr, Richard Feynman, Hugh and Julian Huxley, and Linus Pauling. And, of course, Russian-born George Gamow -- the theoretical physicist and irrepressible prankster whom Watson affectionately describes as: "A giant imp, jumping from atoms to genes to space travel."
This memoir is a cheerful romp through a more innocent time, providing a glimpse of a public figure as a very young man, while he was still trying to figure it all out. (Judith Estrine)