Let Me Explain: Eugene G. Fubini's Life in Defense of America

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Sunstone Press, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 318 pages
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There is no necessary relationship between fame and power, and great influence is often wielded in willful obscurity. So it was with the irascible, indomitable Eugene Fubini. A physics prodigy who fled Italy when the fascists came to power, his searing intelligence and relentless determination lifted him from obscurity to the highest levels of the Pentagon. Indifferent to anything but results, Fubini worked behind the scenes to shape the strategy and substance of his adopted country's post-World War II defense. Along the way he exerted enormous influence over the development of radar, the rise of the military-industrial complex, the Space Race, and many of the other signature events and movements of mid-twentieth-century American geopolitics. But even as his unbending determination to do things his way earned him the admiration of his colleagues, it left him feared and isolated within his own family. "Let Me Explain" is a portrait of a man whose unwillingness and inability to compromise paid enormous rewards, and extracted a heavy emotional price. David G. Fubini is a director of McKinsey & Company, Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts. For more than a decade he was the managing director of the Boston office, and led the firm's activities in New England. Prior to joining McKinsey, David was an initial member of a small group that became the McNeil Consumer Products Company of Johnson & Johnson. David received a degree in business administration with honors from the University of Massachusetts, and a master's degree in business administration, with distinction, from Harvard University. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with his wife, Bertha Rivera, and their four children.
 

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Contents

Turin
19
Gino and Eugenio
26
Rome Fermi and Revolution
41
Return to Turin Engineering and Gia
49
Escape to Paris
58
Columbia Broadcasting New York and Betty
70
Countermeasures and a Death
84
Fighting for the Allies
100
The Defense Department and Intramural Conflicts
180
IBM and Connecticut
199
Vienna Consulting and Network Building
231
The Harold Brown Era and the Defense Science Board
250
FOFAJSTARS Arlington and Slowing Down
271
Sickness Loss of Betty David and Bertha
290
Bill Perry the Fubini Award
302
Epilogue
305

Babies and the Golden Era
130
Committees a Son and the USD7
139
The Defense Department and Potomac
153
Acknowledgments
310
Index
313
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