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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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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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 >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 29, 2011

"A faded blossom of a story, artfully restored to bright bloom."
The author of The Twilight of the Bomb (2010) returns with the surprising story of a pivotal invention produced during World War II by a pair of most unlikely inventors—an avant-garde composer and the world's most glamorous movie star. Read full book review >

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JOHN JAMES AUDUBON by Richard Rhodes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2004

"That makes for an absorbing story, too, and Rhodes (Masters of Death, 2002, etc.) tells it surpassingly well. Outstanding."
The Pulitzer-winning historian and biographer finds a pleasing subject in an American original: the traveler, chronicler, scientist, painter, and entrepreneur whose name remains legend. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 8, 1995

"Rhodes manages to fit in a wealth of interesting detail without worrying too much about how it all hangs together. (First printing of 100,000; first serial to the New Yorker; Book-of-the-Month Club/History Book Club alternate selections; author tour)"
Appearances to the contrary, this is not a remake of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Rhodes's very successful technical chronicle of the Manhattan Project. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 1, 1995

"But his subconscious seems to be whispering that it helps if you have suffered."
Scratch a Pulitzer Prize winner, find a former Hallmark Card employee with a troubled past and a passion to write. Read full book review >

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MAKING LOVE by Richard Rhodes
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A stunning act of self-revelation, bound to create a stir."
Pulitzer-winner Rhodes, apparently galvanized by the overwhelming emotional response to his account of his abused childhood in A Hole in the World (1990), pushes still deeper into forbidden territory with this frank exploration of how he learned to heal his wounds, largely unconsciously, through sex. Read full book review >

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MAD RICHARD by Lesley Krueger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"An entrancing portrait of artistic minds confounded by the Victorian Age."
On a cold January day in 1853, diminutive and curious Charlotte Brontë traveled to Bedlam to interview a broken Richard Dadd, one of the most celebrated artists of her day. A correspondence between their minds haunted her and perhaps altered her life. Read full book review >