Books: Life with the Physicists

LIVE WITH LIGHTNING (404 pp.) —Mitchell Wilson— Little, Brown ($3).

"Who's talking about nuclear energy today? . . . What got the headlines? Tell me. Was it power? No. Bombs . . . And you [physicists] can storm and shout about atomic energy at the top of your voices — the world just won't hear you."

That is the main thing that bothers the hero of ex-Physicist Mitchell Wilson's long-winded novel (a Literary Guild se lection for October). The hero's other worry: that private interests are hypnotizing the U.S. public with the A-bomb while they quietly muscle in on Washington to...

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