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startquoteI seek to acquire books in American history, culture, literature, and religion. While my interests range widely across periods, subfields, and methodologies, I am especially interested in books that reach across disciplines and can speak to a range of audiences. I also welcome submissions for new anthologies, translations, or editions of literary texts. I joined Harvard University Press full-time in 2020, after receiving my Ph.D. in English at Harvard with a focus on nineteenth-century American literature and culture.endquote

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Remembering Hiroshima

On this day 75 years ago, the United States dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. James L. Nolan Jr.’s grandfather was a doctor who participated in the Manhattan Project, and he writes about him in Atomic Doctors: Conscience and Complicity at the Dawn of the Nuclear Age, an unflinching examination of the moral and professional dilemmas faced by physicians who took part in the project. Below, please find the introduction to Nolan’s book. On the morning of June 17, 1945, Captain James F. Nolan, MD, boarded a plane