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Letter from Linus Pauling to Robert Zachary. November 2, 1960.
Pauling writes to ouline his plans to write a book entitled "Fighting for Peace and Freedom."


2 November 1960

Mr. Robert Y. Zachary, Los Angeles Editor

University of California Press

405 Hilgard Avenue

Los Angeles 24, California

Dear Mr. Zachary:

Following my telephone conversation vith you, I have made an estimate of the size of my proposed book "Fighting for Peace and Freedom". This estimate comes to 440 pages, of which 360 are pages of the text and 80 are pages of appendixes. On checking my estimates I decided that it might be possible without loss to cut the total by 10 percent, giving a book of approximately 400 pages.

My plan for the book is that it will contain probably 12 chapters, with the following tentative titles:

The Life of a Scientist; The Bomb-Test Petition; The Senate Internal Security Subcommittee; My First Hearing - Morning Session; My First Hearing - Afternoon Session; I Go to Court; News Accounts, Editorials, Advertisements; My Second Hearing - Morning Session; My Second Hearing - Afternoon Session; Senator Dodd's Crusade; Misuse of Power by Congressional Committees; Peace, Freedom, and Morality.

The chapters would be about 20 pages each except the two on the first hearing, 35 pages each, and the two on the second hearing, 55 pages each.

I think that it is well worth while to include the complete transcript of the two hearings. Questions may well be asked about what went on in case that anything is left out. I remember that when I read the book "The Lamont Case" by Phillip Wittenberg I was very much interested in the transcript of the hearing itself and in the other records of the case.

I propose that the book, aside from the transcript, be written in a rather intimate, personal way. I do not plan to have it be a scholarly study of the peace movement or of the problem of civil rights and their preservation, but rather a candid account of my own developing interest in these fields and my own relations with the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee. I propose in my writing to be restrained, and perhaps even to make use occasionally of understatements.

I think that I could have the manuscript ready for setting up in type by 13 December. It is, I think, important that the book be made as rapidly as possible. What would you feel that a possible publication date would be, if the University of California Press were to accept the book and if the manuscript were available to you by 13 December?

Under separate cover I am sending you a copy of the transcript of my first hearing. The lists of names would, of course, not be included in the book.

Sincerely yours,

Linus Pauling:lh

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