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Tuxedo Park

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  711 Ratings  ·  89 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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May 11, 2012 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 10, 2010 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 wafrock
Nov 01, 2011 scott wafrock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: highly-recommend
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
Oct 04, 2011 Gobasso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, biography
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.
Mar 13, 2010 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 16, 2009 Kristie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was an amazing account of the personal lives of the men who shaped WWII.
Jennifer W
Dec 13, 2012 Jennifer W rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
David Cooke
May 05, 2012 David Cooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 04, 2008 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 28, 2009 Kenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 16, 2010 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 04, 2009 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 02, 2013 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
F. John
May 14, 2011 F. John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 03, 2007 Lance rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 08, 2010 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, read-in-2010
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.
Jan 23, 2008 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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!
Kathy Daulton
Dec 03, 2009 Kathy Daulton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 30, 2014 Eliot rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 27, 2009 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating book about a little known aspect of WW II. Very well written although loaded with facts and names it held my interest.
Jan 14, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Fascinating account of the genesis of The Rad Lab at MIT, where radar was first developed and eventually saved the Allies in WWII.
Will Boncher
Nov 10, 2011 Will Boncher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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.
Read Ng
Mar 27, 2012 Read Ng rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
An unexpected history of some of the greatest minds in recent history.
Ray Foote
A book I buy extra copies of and give to friends.
Starts out a bit confusing but what a story.
Jul 26, 2012 Debby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating true story.
An excellent historical perspective on an interesting time surrounding pre-WWII history.
Oct 10, 2016 dejah_thoris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, history
Excellent book on the Rad Lab and the development of radar technology during World War II. Conant's father was close to Loomis, so the primary sources and perspectives are quite interesting when combined with the author's relaxed writing style. Briefly touches on the Manhattan Project and Loomis's private life but the focus is the radar development problem throughout. Very well written and an excellent reminder that state-sponsored professional science can still learn from motivated and engaged ...more
Tuxedo Park is the biography of one of the most important figures in the development of World War II Military Technology -- Alfred Lee Loomis. A Yale and Harvard graduate who served as a Lieutenant Colonel in WWII, Loomis was cousin to Henry Stimson, who eventually became Secretary of War to FDR and who was his mentor throughout his youth. Loomis was a close friend of James Conant (president of Harvard) and it was through Conant family connections that the author, Jennet Conant, first became fas ...more
Craig Adamson
Jan 24, 2016 Craig Adamson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very intriguing biography. I had read about Alfred Loomis' influence related to the Manhattan Project in other books, but eiher I completely missed any brief bios about him or there weren't any. So the subject of the book was essentially new to me.

These are the types of books it would be great to read more of... people who are so multi-talented that they can affect many people in profound ways. As one of Loomis' mentees states in the book (I'm para-phrasing), "there is only one man I know of w
Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton
He's a Wall Street tycoon, a brilliant scientific mind, and an inventor of devices and instruments used by the military to defeat the forces of evil.

No, he's not Tony Stark; he's Alfred Lee Loomis, and his work helped bring down the Nazis and win World War II. And yet, you're unlikely to find a lot of information on Loomis in the history books. A businessman turned scientist, he was one step up from a dilettante among scientists, possessing the abilities to understand and to cultivate scientific
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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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