The Jasons by Ann Finkbeiner
The Secret History of Science's Postwar Elite

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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.
 

About Ann Finkbeiner

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Ann Finkbeiner is a freelance science writer who has written for Science magazine and contributed to USA Today and the New York Times Book Review. She runs the graduate program in science writing at Johns Hopkins University.
 
Published April 6, 2006 by Penguin Books. 348 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Finkbeiner (Science Writing/Johns Hopkins) investigates an elite scientific advisory group that has shaped U.S. defense policy.

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Since 1960, some of America's top physicists and other scientists have secretly freelanced for the government.

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Since 1960, some of America's top physicists and other scientists have secretly freelanced for the government.

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Since 1960, some of America's top physicists and other scientists have secretly freelanced for the government.

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If necessity is the mother of invention, then the U.S. government's midwife for much of the Cold War was a small, brilliant and fiercely independent cadre of physicists who assembled each summer to ma

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