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Stealing Fire: Memoir of a Boyhood in the Shadow of Atomic Espionage

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"Boria Sax is both biographer and son. And, as both, he has produced a brilliant, scholarly history of a society nearly paralyzed by an unrelenting fear of Russia and The Bomb; at the same time, he writes a poignant memoir of a dysfunctional immigrant family whose head, Boria’s father, passed atomic secrets to America’s enemy. What is most amazing about Stealing Fire is ...more
Paperback, 137 pages
Published October 2014 by Decalogue Books
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Bob Schnell
Boria Sax' father gave (or sold) atomic secrets to the Russians but was never legally punished for his crime. His family, however, may say that he punished himself mentally. They, in turn, suffered their own private cold war. In his historical/autobiographical book "Stealing Fire: Memoir of a Boyhood in the Shadow of Atomic Espionage" Boria Sax briefly details the history of the Manhattan Project and those who shared its secrets with the enemy. His personal family history is then set against ...more
Sep 04, 2015 Rick rated it it was amazing
His One of a Kind Cold War Coming of Age
Boria Sax, Stealing Fire, Decalogue Books, 2014
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Boria Sax, known for his work on the historical culture of animals, among other things, has crafted in Stealing Fire, an uncommonly compelling coming of age memoir that defies easy categorization. Partly an account of growing up in a left wing, properly eccentric Chicago family in the post-World War II decades, Sax grapples with a unique secret: w
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I first became interested in the literature of animals around the end of the 1980's, not terribly long after I had obtained my PhD in German and intellectual history. I was feeling frustrated in my search for an academic job and even study of literature. By accident, I came across an encyclopedia of animals that had been written in the early nineteenth century. There, without any self-consciousnes
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