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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  503 ratings  ·  74 reviews
This must have been an extremely difficult book to write. Its subject, Alfred Loomis, never gave interviews during his lifetime and destroyed all his papers before his death. "Few men of Loomis' prominence and achievement have gone to greater lengths to foil history," writes author Jennet Conant. Had he not done these things, his name would be better known--and this probab ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 28th 2002 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group (first published 2002)
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Jane
This is a very interesting but somewhat difficult read. Interesting to learn about the development of radar, something that we take for granted today, but was only developed in the early 1940's. It is now a part of our daily lives (much more than we even realize) but was one of the deciding factors that helped the Allies win WWII and defeat Hitler. Alfred Loomis, creator of many types of radar, was quite a character; one to be heralded for his devotion to science; and yet we hear little or nothi ...more
Andrew
This is a book that's well-suited to someone with a good understanding of the history of World War II, as it provides valuable background to the development of radar, Loran and atomic energy. Alfred Loomis was a financier who managed to guard his fortune through the Depression by liquidating assets early. As a result, he established a laboratory for advanced research at his Tuxedo Park mansion, nurturing great scientists like Luis Alvarez, Ernest Lawrence, Niels Bohr, Albert Einstein and George ...more
scott
just finished this book and immediately wanted to find out more about the author and to possibly get more info on henry loomis (a living relation of the story's protagonist at the time this book was published). this was a mind blowing read full of amazing stories in scientific research leading up to World War II, including the invention of radar and the cyclotron, the latter being instrumental in the making of the atomic bomb and The Manhattan Project. Alfred Loomis was heretofore unknown to me ...more
Gobasso
This is a fascinating look at a little known part of history. The Manhattan project gets all the glory but if not for Mr. Loomis and his radar lab WWII may not have been won by the allies. Loomis is depicted warts and all. His ability to cut through government red tape is a contrast to our world today. I recommend this book not only for what it describes but also for the questions it raises about government research and the military-industrial complex.
Brooke
This is a FASCINATING book. The only problem I had is that I did bog down in parts, some, or a lot, of the science went over my head. BUT, the characters and some of the stories are FASCINATING. The people are brilliant. Their personailities tend to be self centered, so their relationships are usually strained and break apart at some point, which I find very sad.
Kristie
This book was an amazing account of the personal lives of the men who shaped WWII.
Jennifer W
It started off with such promise, then quickly plummeted. While I now have a better understanding of how some of the scientific advances of WWII got pushed through because of the dedication of Loomis and other scientists, I haven't any better idea of what those advances are. No where in the book did the author take the time to explain what radar really is- and apparently there are different types! I know about speed radar, a beam (of what?) is sent out, when it hits something, it bounces back, a ...more
Mike
I picked this book to read after seeing a reference to it in a recent presentation on renewble energy development. The message was that we need a new Tuxedo park of our century and a man like Loomis to drive the developments needed for the energy crisis of our current situation. I really ejoyed this book, but got a little bored by the details in the secnd half. Unless you have a deep interest in radar technologies and cyclotrons, most of the details will be noise.

Loomis and the other characters
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David Cooke
This was a quick read that told me a story I never even realized I wanted to know and am thankful I now do. It has some great information about physics circa WWII and how one particular individual intersected with so many physicists, even becoming one himself. The personal tie-in was kind of lame and ends early on (making it an even odder mention, like it was a half-baked idea), and there are definitely moments that I wanted more scientific detail, but overall this is about telling the story of ...more
Kenn
A fascinating history of how a Wall Street financier used his fortune and interest in physics to form a group of world renown scientists that helped developed some of the earliest forms of instruments (cyclotron,radar). What I learned is how influential Alfred Loomis became, so much so that during World War 2 the Roosevelt administration chose him to head up a top secret task force to develop enhanced tools for warfare and how this naturally evolved into the discovery of nuclear fission that was ...more
Peter
getting near the end, I am enjoying the historical aspect of this book and some of the personalities even if the main character of this book seems somewhat aloof and unreal. I would give this a solid 3.5/4 stars as the historical aspects are worth the time spent alone. Alfred Loomis was truly a man who knew how to use his vast resources to spur others on to accomplish great things. Not without his own personal foibles Loomis was arguably one of the Driving forces in helping the allies achieve vi ...more
Bert
Alfred Lee Loomis was a genius of privileged roots who soon abandoned his profession of law to morph into a whip-arse financial analyst. He was a leader in understanding and developing sophisticated financial instruments, such as vehicles to finance conglamorate utility companies. He mastered short selling, buying on margin, and derivatives. His real love, however, was science. Having cleverly liquidated his stocks prior to the Great Crash, he was rich in cash. Those funds he used to establish h ...more
Eliot
A very interesting story but the book provided way too much detail and dragged. It was often difficult to continue reading as the book dragged on and on.
Joe White
Review : Tuxedo Park Jennet Conant 2002
9/29/14 book complete on 9/27/14.

This book was written from numerous interviews and research into published and unpublished articles. As such, all the sources are second hand at best.
The focus is on a biographical portrayal of Alfred Loomis. The biographical approach followed a traditional sequential chronological account of his lifespan and research.
Since I was more interested in his WW2 research into radar and his support of the nuclear research that was
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Will
I had never heard of Alfred Loomis until I read this book, but he was a really remarkable guy. You might call this book a companion to 109 East Palace (which tells the behind the scenes story of the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos). This book covers the radar project that preceded it, and in some ways may have been more important to the outcome of the war.
Lance
Very interesting book about the development of Radar. I got the book from my Grandfather, shortly before his passing. I would recommend it to anyone who likes science, technology, and WWII history. It was a very engaging book. Once I started reading it, I had to finish it.
F. John
This was one of the men that made the radar a reality. He was an odd man but had the right interest in science, a first rate lab, and the means to draw all the talent necessary to make the radar happen.

There are a lot of names in this book, but stick with it.
Vanessa
I love local history and this book didn't disappoint. This book details a part of Alfred A. Loomis' life and how he played a part in the development of radar and the atomic bomb. He did so out of his house is none other than Tuxedo Park, NY. Awesome book!
Dave
This was the first book I read by Jennet Conant, and I found it an amazing piece of history with great insight into the development of nuclear power in a Tuxedo Park, a location which would not seem to be the home of the work that was done there.
Donna
This was a really interesting chapter of history I was unaware of. Alfred Loomis, a millionaire amateur scientist opened a private laboratory which did important work on the development of radar and the atomic bomb.
Kathy Daulton
Biography of a self-made physicist/tycoon who supported the development of radar at his personal scientific lab. A study in the practical application of science and determined men.
Will Boncher
Had never heard of Loomis before; interesting story. Didn't realize so much of WWII science was civilian organized, I assumed it was a lot more heavily government focused.
Paul
Fascinating book about a little known aspect of WW II. Very well written although loaded with facts and names it held my interest.
Heather
Fascinating account of the genesis of The Rad Lab at MIT, where radar was first developed and eventually saved the Allies in WWII.
Andrew E Perkins
Not Quite What I Expected, But a Good Read Just the Same

Not Quite What I Expected, But a Good Read Just the Same

I expected the book to be primarily about the building of the atomic bomb, but it is primarily about a Mr. A. Loomis and his outstanding contributions to the scientific community and ensuring Allied victory in WWII. A little long in the tooth, for my taste, on the technical side, but I muddled through the lengthy descriptions and jargon to get a better understanding the courage and det
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Ray Foote
A book I buy extra copies of and give to friends.
Starts out a bit confusing but what a story.
Alan
An excellent historical perspective on an interesting time surrounding pre-WWII history.
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Read Ng
An unexpected history of some of the greatest minds in recent history.
Debby
A fascinating true story.
Barbara
This book was too science-oriented to be my cup of tea. I would never have read it if it hadn't been the Bright Young Things reading selection this month. When things got too scientific, my eyes glazed over and I found myself doing a lot of skimming.

Nonetheless, it was fairly interesting. Alfred Loomis was a fascinating character. He took a "hobby" to incredible lengths and became a well known scientist.

It was interesting to me to read about his friend/colleague Ernest Lawrence. I live fairly cl
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Jennet Conant is an American non-fiction author and journalist. She has written four best selling books about World War II, three of which have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Asia and America, she received a BA degree in Political Theory from Bryn Mawr College in 1982, and double-majored in Philosophy at Haverford College. She completed a
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