The Jasons

The Jasons

The Secret History of Science’s Postwar Elite

Format
Paperback
Price
$15.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143038474
  • 336 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

The Jasons are a well-guarded group of world-class scientists, briefly outed in the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War, who have been meeting every summer since 1960 to tackle classified problems that the Defense Department cannot solve. Among many stunning innovations, they helped invent our electronic battlefield and Star Wars missile defense technology, and are now looking into ways to improve our intelligence gathering. Recounting the unknown story of these brilliant, stubbornly independent thinkers, Ann Finkbeiner takes advantage of her unprecedented access to this elite group to explore the uncertain bargains between science and politics. It is a story older than Faust and as timely as tomorrow’s headlines.

Awards

American Institue of Physics Science Writing Award – Winner

Praise

Fascinating, disturbing. Science needs critics like Finkbeiner now more than ever. (The New York Times Book Review)

A true story that reads like a Tom Clancy novel. (Wired)

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