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The Journals of David E. Lilienthal. Vol. VII: Unfinished Business, 1968-1981

The Journals of David E. Lilienthal. Vol. VII: Unfinished Business, 1968-1981

Edited by Helen M. Lilienthal

Harper, 1983, 807 pp.

David Lilienthal, born in 1899, wrote the final entry in his journal on January 2, 1981-eleven days before he died. This volume completes one of the most valuable personal historical documents of an American public man in the twentieth century. Lilienthal was a progressive lawyer, head of the Tennessee Valley Authority, first head of the Atomic Energy Commission, and after 1950 a creative consultant on development projects in the Third World. He was also a graceful writer. This volume reflects his concern over the world energy shortage and his sadness over the turmoil in Iran, a country in which he had been active.