Search Results: "Richard Rhodes"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 25, 1997

"But if Thomas (whose Masterpiece Theatre version of Rhodes's life will air this fall) is not finally convincing in this judgment, he does manage to restore the relevance of a remarkable man."
One of the few books on Cecil Rhodes that conveys the ``contemporary mind and contemporary methods'' of a man who, by 1896, at the age of 42, had gained control of the world's diamond supply, built a second fortune in gold, added two countries to Queen Victoria's empire, and became prime minister of the Cape Colony. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Rhodes's thorough presentation helps to quiet these overtones—and to demystify the nuclear-power industry."
Rhodes (Making Love, 1992; The Making of the Atomic Bomb, 1987, etc.) turns his talent for historical analysis to the volatile issue of nuclear power, asking: Is it safe? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 1, 1986

"A superb accomplishment."
A magnificent account of a central reality of our times, incorporating deep scientific expertise, broad political and social knowledge, and ethical insight, and Idled with beautifully written biographical sketches of the men and women who created nuclear physics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEVIN RHODES IS DEAD by Jennifer Wolf Kam
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A surprisingly deft mystery for early teens. (Mystery. 11-14)"
Convinced she is responsible for her best friend's death, Cass feels haunted by Devin's ghost even as she tries to hide her guilt. Read full book review >

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HELL AND GOOD COMPANY by Richard Rhodes
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"This is not one of Rhodes' major works, but it is an interesting collection of observations on an iconic war that the good guys lost but which produced important cultural and therapeutic advances."
Readers who pay attention to the preface will look elsewhere for a definitive history of the Spanish Civil War, but there are plenty of good reasons to continue with this one. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 1999

"Athens's thesis is both subtle and discomforting (in that he finds the completed 'violentization' process to be irreversible); one concurs with the necessity of Rhodes's commitment to introduce it into the often dissonant arenas of contemporary criminology and social theory."
National Book Award and Pulitzer-winning author Rhodes (The Making of the Atomic Bomb, 1987, etc.) offers a passionate assessment of the career of Dr. Lonnie Athens, a cutting-edge criminologist whose overlooked work deciphers the process by which individuals commit themselves to violent action. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 20, 1997

"A powerful and alarming book. (First serial to Washington Post magazine; Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selection; author tour)"
This gripping study of ``mad cow disease'' by Rhodes (The Making of the Atomic Bomb, 1987, etc.) weaves careful research and powerful stories into a chilling narrative that often reads more like science fiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RICHARD NIXON by John A. Farrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"Full of fresh, endlessly revealing insights into Nixon's political career, less on the matter of his character, refreshingly, than on the events that accompanied and resulted from it."
A sturdy study of the man ranked at the bottom of many historians' lists of presidents. Read full book review >

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RICHARD NIXON by Conrad Black
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A massively detailed and generous assessment of a seemingly imperishable politician whose controversial career insures that this won't be the last word."
A lively, hugely sympathetic biography of possibly the most intriguing man to occupy the Oval Office. Read full book review >

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VISIONS OF TECHNOLOGY by Richard Rhodes
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1999

"Pity, because with a little more effort and more than cursory commentary he could have created pathways leading to a forest of ideas."
An anthology of short takes on the century's progress in invention/technology, selected and presented chronologically by a prize-winning writer who himself has contributed to the history of technology (e.g., Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, 1995). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Not always an easy read, but a rewarding one."
An oral history of child abuse that reveals in numbing detail how its survivors managed to live through the experience and make decent adult lives for themselves. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 21, 1993

"A delightfully witty complement to Ved Mehta's Up at Oxford (p. 841), full of anecdotes and food for thought."
An agreeable account of a year spent studying at Cambridge and Oxford. Read full book review >