Frank Settle on “George C. Marshall and the Atomic Bomb”

August 6, 2015

5:30 PM

Please join us for a special presentation by Dr. Frank Settle who will discuss his new book to be published by Praeger. General George C. Marshall and the Atomic Bomb provides the first full narrative describing General Marshall’s crucial role in the decades-long development of nuclear weapons that included the Manhattan Project and the use of the atomic bomb on Japan. Join us on this 70th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb, to listen to Frank Settle discuss some of the interesting information he uncovered while researching his book.

Reception to follow
Pogue Auditorium
George C. Marshall Foundation
VMI Parade, Lexington, Virginia

Reservations required by calling Leigh McFaddin at 540-463-7103, ext. 138 or use the form below.

Members will be admitted free. Non-members will be charged $15 at the door.

Doors open at 4:45 PM. If you arrive before 5:30, you are invited to see the new exhibition, “The Art of War,” that has been prepared for this new sequence in the Marshall Legacy Series. “Weapons” of War presented in partnership with Virginia Military Institute.

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About Frank Settle

Frank A. Settle, Ph.D., professor emeritus of chemistry, Washington and Lee University and director of the ALSOS Digital Library for Nuclear Issues, was professor of chemistry at the Virginia Military Institute from 1964 to 1992. Before coming to W&L in 1998, he was a visiting professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy, a consultant at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and a program officer at the National Science Foundation.

He is a co-author of Instrumental Methods of Analysis and the editor of The Handbook of Instrumental Analytical Techniques. He has published extensively in scientific, educational, and trade journals. At W&L he developed and taught courses on nuclear history, nuclear power, and weapons of mass destruction for liberal arts majors. His new book, researched at the Marshall Library, General George C. Marshall and the Atomic Bomb will be published by Praeger in spring 2016.

Settle’s book describes how Marshall encountered, assessed, addressed and utilized the most powerful weapon in the history of warfare. The narrative begins in 1941, with President Roosevelt’s appointing Marshall to his advisory committee for atomic energy. It continues with his critical involvement in the production and use of the bomb and concludes with his post-WW II service as secretary of state and secretary of defense. The work provides insights into Marshall’s evolving views of the bomb before, during, and after its use. It also illustrates his ability to lead the collaborative efforts of scientists, military personnel, congress, two presidents, the British and the Soviets.