Man of the Hour

Jennet Conant ’82

As an Army chemist in World War I, James B. Conant oversaw the production of poison gas. As Harvard’s president, he championed meritocracy and open admissions. As an advisor to FDR, he led the cause for the U.S. entrance into World War II. As administrative director of the Manhattan Project, he oversaw the development of the atomic bomb. As Eisenhower’s high commissioner to Germany, he was one of the architects of Cold War policy.

In Man of the Hour: James B. Conant, Warrior Scientist, his granddaughter Jennet Conant ’82 draws on documents, diaries, and interviews to tell his extraordinary life story. (Simon & Schuster, 2017)