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Bird, Kai

Overview
Works: 27 works in 140 publications in 7 languages and 9,519 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Exhibition catalogs  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Other, Editor
Classifications: QC16.O62, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Kai Bird
American Prometheus : the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird( Book )

39 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,043 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first full-scale biography of the "father of the atomic bomb," the brilliant, charismatic physicist who led the effort to capture the fire of the sun for his country in time of war. After Hiroshima, he became the most famous scientist of his generation--an icon of modern man confronting the consequences of scientific progress. He created a radical proposal to place international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb and criticized the Air Force's plans to fight a nuclear war. In the hysteria of the early 1950s, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup, and people such as Edward Teller and FBI director J. Edgar Hoover worked behind the scenes to obtain a finding that he could not be trusted with America's nuclear secrets. This book is both biography and history, significant to our understanding of our recent past--and of our choices for the future
The good spy : the life and death of Robert Ames by Kai Bird( Book )

15 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on extensive interviews with Ames' widow and quotes from his private letters, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer presents a brilliant narrative of the making of America's most influential and effective intelligence officer in the Middle East
Hiroshima's shadow by Kai Bird( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 981 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Writings on the denial of history and the Smithsonian controversy"--Cover
The color of truth : McGeorge Bundy and William Bundy, brothers in arms : a biography by Kai Bird( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 963 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the lives and political careers of McGeorge and William Bundy and discusses how they influenced the United States' role in the Cold War and the Vietnam War
The chairman : John J. McCloy, the making of the American establishment by Kai Bird( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Even among the members of his powerful circle, the influential men who shaped the postwar globe and became the original 'best and brightest,' John McCloy stood as a figure of towering achievement. As a Wall Street lawyer who earned the confidence of captains of industry and presidents; as Henry Stimson's right-hand man at the War Department; as president of the World Bank and chairman of the Chase financial empire; as perhaps the most frequently named presidential adviser, McCloy came to epitomize the American Establishment and the values of a generation that led the United States through bitter war and unparalleled prosperity. In this first complete biography of McCloy, Kai Bird chronicles the very public life of the man Harper's magazine once labeled 'the most influential private citizen in America.' Against the background of World War II, the Cold War, the construction of Pax Americana, the Cuban missile crisis, the Kennedy assassination, Vietnam, and events as recent as the Iran hostage crisis, Bird shows us McCloy's astonishing rise and the relationships he developed with fellow 'Wise Men' (George Kennan, Averell Harriman, Dean Acheson, et al), relationships that became the very foundation of American business, economic power, and diplomatic strength. The son of a strong-willed and determined mother, McCloy began life in a drab Philadelphia neighborhood just beyond 'the right side of the tracks.' His father died before the boy's sixth birthday, leaving little money. Fired by his mother's ambition, his own quiet determination, and the values of the Peddie Institute, McCloy began a lifelong pursuit of excellence that would take him to the capitals of the world and the highest echelons of achievement. Though McCloy increasingly ran with (and usually outpaced) 'the swift' and socially advantaged, he never lost sense of himself as the underdog, the poor boy who had to try in order to succeed. Kai Bird brilliantly explores how this self-described 'chore boy' willed himself to greatness with his capacity for work, his ability to inspire trust, and his unfailing willingness to get the job done--without falling prey to self-congratulation or egomaniacal show. From ivy-covered columns of Amherst and Harvard to gilt ballrooms of society's finest families; from tough decisions (like his refusal at the War Department to bomb Auschwitz, his role in the internment of the Japanese-Americans, and his opposition to the bombing at Hiroshima) to economic miracles among the blue-suited aristocrats of the World Bank, Bird captures every facet of McCloy's complicated yet seemingly easygoing nature. We see McCloy's commercial acumen during his days as the most in-demand lawyer on Wall Street; the dictatorial will of the determined ruler during his tenure as high commissioner of occupied Germany; his stoic loyalty as adviser to presidents FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Ford, and Reagan. Finally, during McCloy's era at the Council on Foreign Relations and his reign as esteemed elder statesman, we see, at close range, 'the Chairman' in all his reasoned wisdom."--Dust jacket
The good spy : the life and death of Robert Ames by Kai Bird( Recording )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird's compelling portrait of the remarkable life and death of one of the most important operatives in CIA history - a man who, had he lived, might have helped heal the rift between Arabs and the West
American Prometheus : the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird( )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb for his country in a time of war and who later found himself confronting the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s. They declared that Oppenheimer could not be trusted with America's nuclear secrets. In this magisterial biography twenty-five years in the making, the authors capture Oppenheimer's life and times, from his early career to his central role in the Cold War
Bangladesh, the unfinished revolution by Lawrence Lifschultz( Book )

5 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

J. Robert Oppenheimer die Biographie by Kai Bird( Book )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in German and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Physicist and polymath, 'father of the atom bomb' J Robert Oppenheimer became the most famous scientist of his generation. This work is a portrait of a brilliant, ambitious and flawed man, and of the major events of the twentieth century. It is at once biography and history
Robert Oppenheimer, il padre della bomba atomica : il trionfo e la tragedia di uno scienziato by Kai Bird( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in Italian and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oppenhaima : Genbaku no chichi to yobareta otoko no eiko to higeki( Book )

7 editions published in 2007 in Japanese and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stopping genocide where to go next in the war on terrorism by Gregory H Stanton( Recording )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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2 editions published in 2012 in Hebrew and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

CHAIRMAN : john j. mccloy & the making of the american establishment by Kai Bird( Book )

in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crossing Mandelbaum Gate : coming of age between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978 by Kai Bird( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pulitzer Prize-winner Kai Bird's vivid memoir of an American childhood spent in the midst of the Arab-Israeli conflict in Jerusalem and Saudi Arabia
The Ralph Bunche Library presents : Kai Bird, "The good spy : the life and death of Robert Ames" by Kai Bird( Visual )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing on extensive interviews with Ames' widow and quotes from his private letters, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer presents a brilliant narrative of the making of America's most influential and effective intelligence officer in the Middle East"--Publisher's description
Amerykański Prometeusz : triumf i tragedia Roberta Oppenheimera by Kai Bird( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in Polish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crossing Mandelbaum Gate : coming of age between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978 by Kai Bird( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Through a blend of memoir and history, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Kai Bird recounts the Western experience in the Middle East and just why it has been so turbulent. Through Bird 's Zelig-like presence, the reader experiences the Suez War of 1956, the June 1967 War and the Black September hijackings of 1970 that led to the Jordanian Civil War. Bird 's memoir also shows how all of these momentous events led to the rise and tragic downfall of a secular Arab nationalist ethos-only to be replaced by the rise of a fundamentalist, politically reactionary Islamist movement. In narrative history Bird tells the stories of such illuminating figures as life-long Jerusalem resident George Antonius, author of The Arab Awakening, and his charismatic wife; Jordan's King Hussein and his CIA connections; the businessman Salem bin Laden, Osama's older brother and a family friend; Saudi kings Faisal and Khalid; President Nasser of Egypt; and Leila Khaled, the striking young Palestinian radical who hijacked one of the Black September planes. Bird's personal insights and unique connections create a portal into the sensibilities and psyche of these lands that is sure to fascinate both those fluent in the history of the Middle East and the many who simply want to understand this region The West seems to be both fighting for and against
Bangladesh : 1 : Taher's last testament. 2 : The murder of Mujib by Lawrence Lifschultz( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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American Prometheus : the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
Alternative Names
Kai Bird American journalist

Kai Bird Amerikaans historicus

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Hiroshima's shadowThe color of truth : McGeorge Bundy and William Bundy, brothers in arms : a biographyAmerican Prometheus : the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert OppenheimerJ. Robert Oppenheimer die BiographieThe triumph and tragedy of J. Robert OppenheimerCrossing Mandelbaum Gate : coming of age between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978Divided City : coming of age between the Arabs and Israelis