Jennet Conant is an American non-fiction author and journalist.
She has written five books about World War II: Man of the Hour: James B. Conant – Warrior Scientist, Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science that Changed the Course of WWII, 109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos, The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington, and A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS.
Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Asia and America, she received a BA degree in Political Theory from Bryn Mawr College, and double-majored in Philosophy at Haverford College. She attended Columbia University’s School of Journalism and was awarded a John J. McCloy Fellowship.
Conant worked at Newsweek for 7 years where she covered business, technology and cultural affairs. Later she wrote profiles for GQ, Esquire, Vanity Fair and the New York Times. In 2004, her profile of James Watson was featured in The Best American Science & Nature Writing.
She was thrilled when her book 109 East Palace was awarded the Spirit of the West Award for Literary Achievement in non-fiction in 2006.
She lives in New York City and in Sag Harbor, New York. She is married to the journalist Steve Kroft. They have one son and two golden retrievers.
Conant is the granddaughter of James Bryant Conant, noted chemist and President of Harvard University. Read more in her LA Times Op-Ed “My Grandfather and The Bomb“.
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