ALFRED NOBEL: A BIOGRAPHYKENNE FANT
Few documents have had a more enduring influence on our century than Alfred Nobel’s last will and testament, for these handwritten sheets established the most coveted and prestigious awards on earth. The Nobel Prizes represent glory and world stature, and are the stuff of immortality. Yet the man whose name they bear has been lost to near obscurity. As Kenne Fant shows in this fascinating biography, Alfred Nobel’s life contained fierce and troubling paradoxes. He invented dynamite and revolutionized the technology of destruction, yet his dreams of a disarmed world inspired him to create the Nobel Peace Prize.
Making extensive use of Nobel’s letters and writing, Fan’s portrait reveals Nobel in all his aspects—industrialist, pacifist, arms manufacturer, and poet—and does full justice to a compelling and visionary figure whose name will resonate for generations.
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