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Richard Rhodes

Richard Rhodes is the author or editor of 22 books, including 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... Read More

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Arsenals of Folly
Written by Richard Rhodes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 2008
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-71394-1 (0-375-71394-8)

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 Reykjavik...

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The Audubon Reader
Written by John James Audubon, Edited by Richard Rhodes, Introduction by Richard Rhodes
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | April 2006
$27.50/36.50(Canada) | 978-1-4000-4369-9 (1-4000-4369-7)

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...

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Hedy's Folly
Written by Richard Rhodes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 2012
$16.95/22.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-74295-7 (0-307-74295-4)

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes delivers a remarkable story of science history: how a ravishing film star and an avant-garde composer invented spread-spectrum radio, the technology that made wireless phones, GPS systems, and many other devices possible.
Beginning at a Hollywood dinner table, Hedy's Folly tells a wild story of innovation that...

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John James Audubon
Written by Richard Rhodes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2006
$22.00/29.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-71393-4 (0-375-71393-X)

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

Masters of Death
Written by Richard Rhodes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 2003
$17.95/21.50(Canada) | 978-0-375-70822-0 (0-375-70822-7)

In Masters of Death, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rhodes gives full weight, for the first time, to the Einsatzgruppen’s role in the Holocaust. These “special task forces,” organized by Heinrich Himmler to follow the German army as it advanced into eastern Poland and Russia, were the agents of the first phase of the... Read more

Power to Save the World
Written by Gwyneth Cravens, Introduction by Richard Rhodes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2008
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-38587-1 (0-307-38587-6)

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

Twilight of the Bombs
Written by Richard Rhodes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 2011
$17.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-38741-7 (0-307-38741-0)

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

Why They Kill
Written by Richard Rhodes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2000
$16.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-70248-8 (0-375-70248-2)

Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, brings his inimitable vision, exhaustive research, and mesmerizing prose to this timely book that dissects violence and offers new solutions to the age old problem of why people kill.

Lonnie Athens was raised by a brutally domineering father.  Defying all odds... Read more