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

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D. Allan Bromley, one of the world's leading nuclear physicists, was The Assistant to President George Bush for Science and Technology from August 1989 to January 1993. He was the first Science Advisor to have this Cabinet-level rank. In this engrossing memoir of his years at the White House, Bromley brings the unique perspective of a scientist to the political realities of policy making with the President and his other Senior Assistants. Bromley recalls his efforts to rebuild the Office of Science and Technology...
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D. Allan Bromley, one of the world's leading nuclear physicists, was The Assistant to President George Bush for Science and Technology from August 1989 to January 1993. He was the first Science Advisor to have this Cabinet-level rank. In this engrossing memoir of his years at the White House, Bromley brings the unique perspective of a scientist to the political realities of policy making with the President and his other Senior Assistants. Bromley recalls his efforts to rebuild the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering, and Technology, organizations that develop science policy and that oversee the federal agencies responsible for the science and technology enterprise of the United States; as well as the Bush Administration initiatives to improve the global environment, the health and quality of life of all Americans, national security, international science and technology, and funding of U.S. science and technology. He describes the landmark reports prepared under his supervision, including those that called for a revamping of the science and mathematics curricula in U.S. precollege education, a rethinking of relations between the research-intensive universities and the federal government, and that presented the first formal statement of U.S. technology policy. He discusses the people with whom he interacted - George Bush, John Sununu (Bromley's strongest ally in the White House), Richard Darman, Al Gore, and many others. He includes provocative anecdotes about his attempts - many of them successful - to foster cooperative scientific ventures with other countries. Bromley's memoir 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. It is fascinating and thought-provoking reading.
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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
Booknews
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 booknews.com
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  • ISBN-13: 9780300060065
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/1994
  • Series: The Silliman Memorial Lectures Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.73 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.03 (d)

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