Hero of France: "Brave Genius: 2 of 2: A Scientist, a Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize" by Sean B. Carroll.

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Hero of France: "Brave Genius: 2 of 2:  A Scientist, a Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize" by Sean B. Carroll. 

“This is, in short, a gripping book throughout, and Carroll deserves all praise for his double portrait of two exemplary heroes of conscience and intellect.” —Washington Post

“Suspenseful…Brave Genius is briskly paced and ambitiously sprawling, offering potted accounts of historical episodes large and small (the fall of France, the 1956 Hungarian crisis, Camus’s famous feud with Jean-Paul Sartre, the discovery of the double helix), along with finer-grained descriptions of Camus’s and Monod’s work. Dr. Carroll has done some impressive archival digging, turning up fresh and often vivid details.” —New York Times