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Rhodes, Richard 1937-

Works: 128 works in 735 publications in 12 languages and 39,162 library holdings
Genres: History  Biographies  Case studies  Autobiographies  Popular works  Pictorial works  Illustrated works  Personal correspondence  Documentary films  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, Commentator, Narrator, Other
Classifications: QC773, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Richard Rhodes
The making of the atomic bomb by Richard Rhodes( Book )

77 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 4,657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes in human, political, and scientific detail the complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the power of the atom, to the first bombs dropped on Japan
Dark sun : the making of the hydrogen bomb by Richard Rhodes( Book )

38 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this work of history, science and politics, Richard Rhodes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, tells for the first time the secret story of how and why the hydrogen bomb was made; traces the path by which "the Bomb," the supreme artifact of twentieth-century science and technology, became the defining issue of the Cold War; and reveals how close the world came to nuclear destruction before the United States and the former Soviet Union learned the lesson of nuclear stalemate - a stalemate, Rhodes makes clear, that forced the superpowers to tenuous truce for more than four decades, in the end bankrupting and destroying the Communist state and foreclosing world-scale war. From the day in September 1941 when the first word of Anglo-American atomic-bomb research arrived in Moscow via Soviet espionage to the week of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis when Curtis LeMay goaded President Kennedy to attack the USSR with everything in the US arsenal, this book is full of unexpected - and sometimes hair-raising - revelations based on previously undisclosed Soviet as well as US sources
John James Audubon : the making of an American by Richard Rhodes( Book )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 2,111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 illegitimacy a painful secret, speaking no English but already drawing and observing birds. We see him falling in love, marrying the wellborn English girl next door, crossing the Appalachians to frontier Kentucky to start a new life, fashioning himself into an American just as his adopted country was finding its identity. Here is Audubon exploring the wilderness of birds-pelicans wading the shallows of interior rivers, songbirds flocking, passenger pigeons darkening the skies-and teaching himself to revivify them in glorious life-size images. Now he finds his calling: to take his hundreds of watercolor drawings to England to be engraved in a great multivolume work called The Birds of America. Within weeks of his arrival there in 1826, he achieves remarkable celebrity as "the American Woodsman." He publishes his major work as well as five volumes of bird biographies enhanced by his authentic descriptions of pioneer American life. Audubon's story is an artist's story but also a moving love story. In his day, communications by letter across the ocean were so slow and uncertain that John James and his wife, Lucy, almost lost each other in the three years when the Atlantic separated them-until he crossed the Atlantic and half the American continent to claim her. Their letters during this time are intimate, moving, and painful, and they attest to an enduring love. We examine Audubon's legacy of inspired observation-the sonorities of a wilderness now lost, the brash life of a new nation just inventing itself-precisely, truthfully, lyrically captured. And we see Audubon in the fullness of his years, made rich by his magnificent work, winning public honor: embraced by writers and scientists, feted by presidents and royalty. Here is a revelation of Audubon as the major American artist he is. And here he emerges for the first time in his full humanity-handsome, charming, volatile, ambitious, loving, canny, immensely energetic. Richard Rhodes has given us an indispensable portrait of a true American icon
Hedy's folly : the life and breakthrough inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the most beautiful woman in the world by Richard Rhodes( Book )

23 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,957 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the lesser-known technological talents of actress Hedy Lamarr and the collaborative work with avant-garde composer George Antheil that eventually led to the development of spread-spectrum radio, cell phones, and GPS systems
Masters of death : the SS-Einsatzgruppen and the invention of the Holocaust by Richard Rhodes( Book )

61 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 1,920 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this narrative history of the Einsatzgruppen--killer task forces deployed in Poland and the Soviet Union early in World War II by Himmler's SS--Richard Rhodes argues that Hitler made two separate decisions to murder the Jews of Europe. The first, in July 1941, condemned the eastern European Jews to slaughter by the Einsatzgruppen, who would execute 1.5 million victims between 1941 and 1943 by shooting them into killing pits, as at Babi Yar--crimes against humanity that have largely been overlooked or underemphasized by Holocaust historians. The second decision, in December 1941, condemned the Jews of western Europe. By then, Rhodes shows, direct killing had so brutalized the SS perpetrators that a shocked Himmler had ordered the development of less personal means of murder--the notorious gas chambers and crematoriums of the Holocaust's second wave. Rhodes demonstrates further that Hitler and Himmler intended the Jews to be only their first victims; their plan was to open up Russia to German colonization, and to destroy more than 30 million Slavs and members of other ethnic groups. Drawing on newly available material, this is a book that is certain to generate debate, and expand the understanding of the Holocaust
Why they kill : the discoveries of a maverick criminologist by Richard Rhodes( Book )

26 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and held by 1,874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why do some men, women and even children assault, batter, rape, mutilate and murder? In his stunning new book, the Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Rhodes provides a startling and persuasive answer. Why They Killexplores 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 ""violentization"": -- First
Arsenals of folly : the making of the nuclear arms race by Richard Rhodes( Book )

21 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the postwar superpower arms race, climaxing during the Reagan-Gorbachev decade. Drawing on a wealth of new documentation, Rhodes reveals how the Reagan administration's unprecedented arms buildup in the early 1980s led Soviet leader Andropov to conclude that Reagan must be preparing for a nuclear war. In 1983, when NATO staged a larger than usual series of field exercises, the Soviet military came very close to launching a defensive first strike. Then Reagan launched the arms-reduction campaign of his second presidential term and set the stage for his 1986 summit with Gorbachev in Reykjavik. Rhodes reveals the early influence of neoconservatives, demonstrating how the manipulation of government and public opinion with fake intelligence and threat inflation, which the administration of George W. Bush has used to justify current 'war on terror' and the disastrous invasion of Iraq, were developed and applied in the Reagan era and even before.--From publisher description
Deadly feasts : tracking the secrets of a terrifying new plague by Richard Rhodes( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It lurks in the meat we eat. Undetectable, it incubates for years. It kills by eating holes in people's brains, so that they stagger and collapse and lose their minds. It's one hundred percent fatal. And it's already abroad in America. Deadly Feasts reads like a Michael Crichton thriller - but it's documented fact, bringing sober early warning of a new threat to our very lives that every one of us needs to heed. In this brilliant and gripping medical detective story, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes follows the daring explorations of maverick scientists as they track the emergence of the deadly "stealth" maladies known as prion diseases - strange new disease agents unlike any others known on earth. Mad cow disease is one. Besides hundreds of thousands of cattle, young people in Britain and France have already died from it - died from eating beef. Beginning with a cannibal feast in New Guinea only a few decades ago that killed everyone who partook, Rhodes shows this mysterious group of human and animal diseases spreading gradually throughout the world, infecting and killing laboratory animals; patients in surgery; herds of sheep, cattle, mink, deer and elk; children treated with human growth hormone; and now, ominously, healthy young people in Britain and on the Continent. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announcement in early 1997 of drastic measures to prevent an outbreak of mad cow disease in the United States confirmed what Rhodes reveals and explores in detail: that Americans who eat meat are almost certainly already at risk
Farm : a year in the life of an American farmer by Richard Rhodes( Book )

7 editions published between 1989 and 1998 in English and French and held by 1,536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes a farm couple and their struggle to wrest a livelihood from the land, despite the hardship and economic challenge
Energy : a human history by Richard Rhodes( Book )

25 editions published between 2018 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 1,526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author Richard Rhodes reveals the fascinating history behind energy transitions over time--wood to coal to oil to electricity and beyond. People have lived and died, businesses have prospered and failed, and nations have risen to world power and declined, all over energy challenges. Ultimately, the history of these challenges tells the story of humanity itself. Through an unforgettable cast of characters, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes explains how wood gave way to coal and coal made room for oil, as we now turn to natural gas, nuclear power, and renewable energy. Rhodes looks back on five centuries of progress, through such influential figures as Queen Elizabeth I, King James I, Benjamin Franklin, Herman Melville, John D. Rockefeller, and Henry Ford. In Energy, Rhodes highlights the successes and failures that led to each breakthrough in energy production; from animal and waterpower to the steam engine, from internal-combustion to the electric motor. He addresses how we learned from such challenges, mastered their transitions, and capitalized on their opportunities. Rhodes also looks at the current energy landscape, with a focus on how wind energy is competing for dominance with cast supplies of coal and natural gas. He also addresses the specter of global warming, and a population hurtling towards ten billion by 2100. Human beings have confronted the problem of how to draw life from raw material since the beginning of time. Each invention, each discovery, each adaptation brought further challenges, and through such transformations, we arrived at where we are today. In Rhodes’s singular style, Energy details how this knowledge of our history can inform our way tomorrow." --
The Ozarks by Richard Rhodes( Book )

10 editions published between 1974 and 1985 in English and held by 1,367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text and illustrations describe the geography, points of interest, wildlife and vegetation of the wilderness area of the Ozark Mountains in Missouri and Arkansas
Hell and good company : the Spanish Civil War and the world it made by Richard Rhodes( Book )

20 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 1,267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling author Richard Rhodes relates the remarkable story of the Spanish Civil War through the eyes of the reporters, writers, artists, doctors, and nurses who witnessed it. The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) inspired and haunted an extraordinary number of exceptional artists and writers, including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Martha Gellhorn, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, and John Dos Passos. The idealism of the cause--defending democracy from fascism at a time when Europe was darkening toward another world war--and the brutality of the conflict drew from them some of their best work: Guernica, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Homage to Catalonia, The Spanish Earth. The war spurred breakthroughs in military and medical technology as well. New aircraft, new weapons, new tactics and strategy all emerged in the intense Spanish conflict. Indiscriminate destruction raining from the sky became a dreaded reality for the first time. Progress also arose from the horror: the doctors and nurses who volunteered to serve with the Spanish defenders devised major advances in battlefield surgery and front-line blood transfusion. In those ways, and in many others, the Spanish Civil War served as a test bed for World War II, and for the entire twentieth century"--
The twilight of the bombs : recent challenges, new dangers, and the prospects for a world without nuclear weapons by Richard Rhodes( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This culminating volume in Richard Rhodes's monumental and prizewinning history of nuclear weapons offers the first comprehensive narrative of the challenges faced in a post-Cold War age from the second war in Iraq to the emerging threat of nuclear terrorism, from the changing roles of the five original nuclear powers to our complicated relationships with North Korea and South Asia. Finally, Rhodes imagines what a post-nuclear world might look like, suggesting what might make it possible
The Manhattan project : the birth of the atomic bomb in the words of its creators, eyewitnesses, and historians by Cynthia C Kelly( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 1,221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of writings--including essays, articles, and excerpts from biographies, plays, novels, letters, and oral histories--explores the history of the Manhattan Project and analyzes its legacy
Visions of technology : a century of vital debate about machines, systems, and the human world by Richard Rhodes( Book )

23 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 942 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Visions of Technology collects writings on events from the Great Exposition of 1900 and the invention of the telegraph to the advent of genetic counseling and the defeat of Garry Kasparov by IBM's chess-playing computer, Deep Blue. The book contains a worried editorial from 1931 by the journalist Floyd Allport, who presciently noted the community-destroying effects of technological advances such as the private car and the telephone, and reproduces any number of warnings from the likes of Aldous Huxley, Vannevar Bush, and Edward Abbey that humankind's scientific imagination far outstrips our moral capacity. It also includes Henry Ford on the horseless carriage, Robert Caro on the transformation of New York City, J. Robert Oppenheimer on science and war, and Loretta Lynn on the Pill
Picturing the bomb : photographs from the secret world of the Manhattan Project by Rachel Fermi( Book )

8 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 922 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction by Richard Rhodes, author of the pulitzer prize-winning book, The Making of the Atomic Bomb, provides a historical framework for the Manhattan Project. Then, in a series of striking images, the body of the book compares and contrasts the different individuals, activities, and settings that characterized the Manhattan Project
Nuclear renewal : common sense about energy by Richard Rhodes( Book )

4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rhodes posits that nuclear power affords the safest, cheapest, and cleanest energy available
The Audubon reader by John James Audubon( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of nature writings by the great artist and ornithologist features Audubon's writings about the American wilderness and its plant and animal life, accompanied by excerpts from his journals, letters, and published works that include accounts of his river journeys and hunting trips with the Shawnee and Osage Indians
The inland ground; an evocation of the American Middle West by Richard Rhodes( Book )

12 editions published between 1969 and 1991 in English and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Los Alamos primer : the first lectures on how to build an atomic bomb by R Serber( Book )

12 editions published between 1992 and 2020 in English and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Primer, the first document passed out to new recruits to the wartime enterprise, classified Secret Limited for twenty years after the Second World War and published here for the first time. Now contemporary readers can see just how much was known and how much remained to be learned when the Manhattan Project began. Would the "gadget," the atomic bomb, really work? How powerful would it be? Could it be made small enough and light enough to carry in a bomber? Could its
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The making of the atomic bomb
Dark sun : the making of the hydrogen bombJohn James Audubon : the making of an AmericanHedy's folly : the life and breakthrough inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the most beautiful woman in the worldMasters of death : the SS-Einsatzgruppen and the invention of the HolocaustWhy they kill : the discoveries of a maverick criminologistArsenals of folly : the making of the nuclear arms raceDeadly feasts : tracking the secrets of a terrifying new plagueFarm : a year in the life of an American farmer
Alternative Names
Rhodes, Richard Lee 1937-

Richard Rhodes Amerikaans journalist

Richard Rhodes amerikansk journalist, historiker och författare

Richard Rhodes historien américain

Richard Rhodes storico, giornalista e scrittore statunitense

Richard Rhodes US-amerikanischer Wissenschaftspublizist

Richardus Rhodes

Ричард Роудс

ريتشارد رودس

ریچارد رودس ژورنالیست و تاریخ‌نگار آمریکایی

로즈, R. 1937-

로즈, 리차드 1937-

로즈, 리처드 1937-


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