Jennet Conant: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Jennet Conant

Best selling Author of Critically-acclaimed Books about World War II

Jennet Conant is the bestselling author of four critically acclaimed books about World War II. Conant spent her childhood listening to personal stories from her grandfather, James B. Conant, who was the main administrator of the
Manhattan Project and President of Harvard University for 20 years. This connection, along with her training in journalism, led her to the dramatic stories about the invention of RADAR, the development of the atomic bomb, and a British spy ring in Wartime Washington.

Conant’s first book and New York Times bestseller, Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II, tells the largely forgotten dramatic story of eccentric Wall Street mogul and
amateur scientist Alfred Loomis, who brought together many of the world’s greatest scientists in a gilded preserve of money and privilege called Tuxedo Park. Conant speaks with grace, lucidity, and humor about how the scientists and the science played a critical role in the emergence of radar technology that saved millions of lives, and impelled the production of the atomic weapons that greatly shortened the duration of the Second World War.

Science and drama dominate Conant’s acclaimed book about the building of the atomic bomb. In 109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos, she describes a riveting chronicle of the human struggle for Oppenheimer and other the brilliant scientists, who were whisked off to a hidden town on a New Mexico mountaintop, and raced against the Germans to create the weapon that ended World War II. Drawing on unpublished papers, exclusive interviews, and years of research, Conant tells the story of the
most extraordinary secrecy that surrounded the community—something that could not be replicated today. And although the scientific steps of the time have been documented, Conant helps audiences imagine the day‐to‐day life, where the average age of a scientist was 24, there was a baby boom, a prostitution scandal, and a tragedy—all which occurred during the atomic bomb development.

Conant’s third book The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington, examines another story of secrecy during World War II. Based on research using never before‐seen letters, diary entries and interviews, Conant reveals that Roald Dahl, the beloved author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, was a member of Churchill’s infamous dirty tricks squad. Dahl’s mission was to draw the isolationists and other reluctant Americans into England’s war against the Nazis, and he did this by rubbing elbows with Washington’s rich and powerful, rigging opinion polls, and writing pro‐ British articles in publications, just to name a few. Conant delivers a fascinating, lively account of deceit, double dealing, and moral ambiguity—all in the name of victory.

In her latest book, A Covert Affair Conant brings us a stunning account of Julia and Paul Child's experiences as members of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in the Far East during World War II and the tumultuous years when they were caught up in the McCarthy Red spy hunt in the 1950s and behaved with bravery and honor. It is the fascinating portrait of a group of idealistic men and women who were recruited by the citizen spy service, slapped into uniform, and dispatched to wage political warfare in remote outposts in Ceylon, India, and China.

Jennet Conant renders remarkable but unknown stories of individuals and their achievements vibrant and compelling. With deep knowledge of history and science, a journalist’s razor‐sharp analytical mind, and a keen eye for detail, Conant offers incisive, entertaining, and always compelling views of how our world has been shaped.

A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Columbia University’s School of Journalism, Conant is a former journalist, who has written profiles for Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, Newsweek, and The New York Times.

She lives with her husband, Steve Kroft, and son in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York.

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  • A Covert Affair: Julia and Paul Child in the OSS
  • The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington
  • 109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos
  • Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II

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