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Richard Rhodes is the author or editor of twentytwo books, most recently the author of The Twilight of the Bomb, the last volume in a quartet about nuclear history.  The first, The Making of the Atomic Bomb, won the Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award.  
He has received numerous fellowships for research and writing, including grants from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard and MIT and a host and correspondent for documentaries on public television's Frontline and American Experience series. An affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, he lectures frequently to audiences in the United States and abroad. 

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The Audubon Reader

Written by John James Audubon
Edited by Richard Rhodes


Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $27.50

This unprecedented anthology of John James Audubon’s lively and colorful writings about the American wilderness reintroduces the great artist and ornithologist as an exceptional American writer, a predecessor to Thoreau, Emerson, and Melville.

Audubon’s award-winning biographer, Richard Rhodes, has gathered excerpts from his journals, letters, and published works, and has organized them... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Audubon Reader

Written by John James Audubon
Edited by Richard Rhodes


Format: eBook, 656 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: January 21, 2015
Price: $14.99

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Also available as a hardcover.

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Power to Save the World
The Truth About Nuclear Energy
Written by Gwyneth Cravens
Introduction by Richard Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $16.95

An informed look at the myths and fears surrounding nuclear energy, and a practical, politically realistic solution to global warming and our energy needs. Faced by the world's oil shortages and curious about alternative energy sources, Gwyneth Cravens skeptically sets out to find the truth about nuclear energy. Her conclusion: it... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Arsenals of Folly
The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $16.95

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes delivers a riveting account of the nuclear arms race and the Cold War.

In the Reagan-Gorbachev era, the United States and the Soviet Union came within minutes of nuclear war, until Gorbachev boldly launched a campaign to eliminate nuclear weapons, setting the stage for the 1986... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

Arsenals of Folly

Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $13.99

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Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and a trade paperback.

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Hedy's Folly
The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $15.00

What do Hedy Lamarr, avant-garde composer George Antheil, and your cell phone have in common? The answer is spread-spectrum radio: a revolutionary invention based on the rapid switching of communications sig­nals among a spread of different frequencies. Without this technology, we would not have the digital comforts that we take for... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

Hedy's Folly
The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and a trade paperback.

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John James Audubon
The Making of an American
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $21.00

John James Audubon came to America as a dapper eighteen-year-old eager to make his fortune. He had a talent for drawing and an interest in birds, and he would spend the next thirty-five years traveling to the remotest regions of his new country–often alone and on foot–to render his avian subjects... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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John James Audubon
The Making of an American
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $30.00

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Richard Rhodes, the first major biography of John James Audubon in forty years, and the first to illuminate fully the private and family life of the master illustrator of the natural world.

Rhodes shows us young Audubon arriving in New York from France in 1803, his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

John James Audubon
The Making of an American
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: eBook, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 2004
Price: $15.99

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Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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Masters of Death
The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $17.95

In Masters of Death, Richard Rhodes gives full weight, for the first time, to the part played by the Einsatzgruppen—the professional killing squads deployed in Poland and the Soviet Union, early in World War II, by Himmler’s SS. And he shows how these squads were utilized as the Nazis made two... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Masters of Death
The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $13.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

The Twilight of the Bombs
Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear Weapons
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 24, 2010
Price: $13.99

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Twilight of the Bombs
Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear Weapons
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $17.00

The final volume in Richard Rhodes's prizewinning history of nuclear weapons offers the first comprehensive narrative of the challenges faced in the post-Cold War age.

The past twenty years have transformed our relationship with nuclear weapons drastically. With extraordinary depth of knowledge and understanding, Richard Rhodes makes clear how the five original... Read more >

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Why They Kill
The Discoveries of a Maverick Criminologist
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2000
Price: $16.95

Why They Kill explores the discoveries of a maverick American criminologist, Dr. Lonnie Athens—himself the child of a violent family—which challenge conventional theories about violent behavior. By interviewing violent criminals in prison, Dr. Athens has identified a pattern of social development common to all seriously violent people—a four-stage process he calls... Read more >
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