AUTHORHellman, Geoffrey T.
TITLEA Reporter at Large: The Contemporaneous Memoranda of Dr. Sachs
PERIODICAL TITLEThe New Yorker
DATE PUBLISHED1945
VOLUME NUMBER21
ISSUE NUMBER32 (1 December)
PAGE NUMBERS73-81
ISSN0028-792X


This article recounts the efforts of Russian-born economist Alexander Sachs to inform President Franklin Roosevelt about the possibility of the atomic bomb. The author writes briefly about Sachs’ early life and the development of his career, and he describes Sachs as he was at the time of the article’s writing in late 1945. He reviews the talks with Leo Szilard and Albert Einstein that led up to Sachs’ conversations with Roosevelt, and he reconstructs those conversations from an interview he had with Sachs. The article also reviews the creation and meetings of the Uranium Committee under Lyman Briggs, which was set up after Sachs’ talks with the president and of which Sachs was a member.


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