AUTHORZachary, G. Pascal
TITLEEndless Frontier: Vannevar Bush, Engineer of the American Century
PUBLISHERFree Press
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1997
ISBN0-684-82821-9


This comprehensive biography of America’s 20th century science juggernaut, Vannevar Bush, presents the man most directly responsible for the U.S. government’s decision to launch the Manhattan Project. Bush helped create America’s military industrial complex and a permanent system of federal funding for science, and also pioneered computer technology. The book explores Bush’s entire life, from childhood, to MIT and Tufts, to Washington as President Roosevelt’s scientific advisor during World War II when he supervised the Manhattan Project. Figures such as Arthur Compton and James Conant are major characters in the story, as well. The book describes Bush’s expansive and at times unpredictable interest in scientific progress, including his reluctance to pursue missiles and to test the H-bomb. Zachary gives a sense of how much Bush did and how enormous his influence is still. The book is narrated in an engaging and readable style.


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