President's Scientists: Reminiscences of a White House Science Advisor

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D. Allan Bromley, the first person to hold the cabinet-level rank of Science Advisor to the President, here writes an engrossing memoir of his years at the Bush White House, bringing the unique perspective of a scientist to the political realities of policy making with the President and his other Senior Assistants. Bromley's account is both a broad overview of the role of science and technology in the Bush Administration and an insider's account of the ambiance, personalities, and politics that mold policy decisions in Washington.

"A delightfully candid and deeply informed and reflective look at critical issues and events at a turning point in the history of government-science relations."
-Bruce L. R. Smith, Brookings Institution

"From the unique perspective of the only senior staff member in the Bush administration who reported both to the President and the Congress, Bromley gives us discerning new views on leading players in the Washington and world drama."
-R. Gordon Hoxie, Editor, Presidential Studies Quarterly

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In this memoir of his experiences as science adviser to President Bush, prominent physicist Bromley defends such unpopular opinions as not considering the greenhouse effect a major problem and argues that the Bush administration would have done even better with a second term. Most of his book, however, centers around important issues and decision-making in the White House. Of particular interest is how the Office of Science and Technology Policy OSTP and the Federal Coordinating Council for Science Engineering and Technology FCCSET were able to bring together a wide range of agencies to work toward a coordinated national science policy. Highlights of this policy included coordinated efforts at increasing precollege scientific education and stimulating research and development. Bromley's book is important as much for its glimpses at how Washington operates as for its insights into science policy. Unfortunately, it focuses on what Bromley feels he accomplished and does not go into more detail into the work of the OSTP and FCCSET. Recommended for larger collections.-Eric D. Albright, Galter Health Sciences Lib., Northwestern Univ., Chicago
Nuclear physicist Bromley Yale U., The Assistant to President George Bush for Science and Technology from August 1989 to January 1993, chronicles science and technology policy and accomplishment during the Bush presidency and also provides an insider's account of the people and politics that mold policy decisions in Washington. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300102079
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Series: The Silliman Memorial Lectures Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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