Genius in the Shadows: A Biography of Leo Szilard, the Man Behind the Bomb

Genius in the Shadows: A Biography of Leo Szilard, the Man Behind the Bomb

by William Lanouette, Bela Silard (With)

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ISBN-13: 9781626360235
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Pages: 658
Sales rank: 652,489
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

William Lanouette has written about atomic energy and arms control for more than two decades. Publications he has written for include the Atlantic, the Economist, New York Magazine, and the Washington Post. He holds a BA in English from Fordham University and a MSc and a PhD in politics (comparative government) from the London School of Economics. He lives in San Diego, California.

Jonas Salk (1914–1995) was an American medical researcher and virologist best known for discovering and developing the first successful polio vaccine in the 1950s. In 1960, he founded the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, CA, where Leo Szilard was one of the first fellows.

Bela Silard (1900–1994), Leo Szilard's brother, simplified his name as an immigrant to the United States in 1938. He translated his parents' memoirs, compiled family records and photographs, and drafted recollections for this book.

Table of Contents

Illustrations xi

Introduction to the 2013 Edition xiii

Foreword Jonas Salk xix

Preface xxi

Part 1 (1898-1933)

1 The Family 3

2 View from the Villa 16

3 Schoolboy, Soldier, and Socialist 31

4 Scholar and Scientist 53

5 Just Friends 70

6 Einstein 84

7 Restless Research and the Bund 91

8 A New World, a New Field, a New Fear 106

9 Refuge 115

Part 2 (1933-1945)

10 "Moonshine" 135

11 Chain-Reaction "Obsession" 143

12 Travels with Trude 165

13 Bumbling toward the Bomb 179

14 "I Haven't Thought of That at All" 200

15 Fission + Fermi = Frustration 220

16 Chain Reaction Versus the Chain of Command 236

17 Visions of an "Armed Peace" 253

18 Three Attempts to Stop the Bomb… 266

19 …And Two to Stop the Army 288

Part 3 (1946-1964)

20 A Last Fight with the General 311

21 A New Life, an Old Problem 320

22 Marriage on the Run 341

23 Oppenheimer and Teller 355

24 Arms Control 363

25 Biology 385

26 Beating Cancer 413

27 Meeting Khrushchev 426

28 Is Washington a Market for Wisdom? 440

29 Seeking a More Livable World 458

30 La Jolla: Personal Peace 477

Epilogue 493

Chronology of Leo Szilard's Life 497

Acknowledgments 501

Notes 504

Bibliography 588

Index 600

About the Author 616

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes, it is a fascinating book, but needs editing. Some repetition. Way too long. I loved the revealing story about Szilard and his brilliant mind