Search Results: "Richard Rhodes"


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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 21, 2002

"Though the explorations in mass psychology may not convince all readers, Rhodes exposes the industrial logic that underlies modern genocide."
A grim tale of the Shoah's early years, delivered by accomplished journalist and Pulitzer-winning historian Rhodes (Why They Kill, 1999, etc.). 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

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

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: 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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >