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    • Energy

    • A Human History
    • By: Richard Rhodes
    • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
    • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89

    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. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Educational and inspiring

    • By Derek Anderson Haas on 07-15-18

    Regular price: $22.67

    • The Making of the Atomic Bomb

    • 25th Anniversary Edition
    • By: Richard Rhodes
    • Narrated by: Holter Graham
    • Length: 37 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,629
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,505

    Here for the first time, in rich human, political, and scientific detail, is the complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan. Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly - or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity, there was a span of hardly more than 25 years.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow... Grade A+ ... Exceptional.

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-15-16

    Regular price: $47.24

    • Dark Sun

    • The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb
    • By: Richard Rhodes
    • Narrated by: Richard Rhodes
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 209
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 174
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 177

    Richard Rhodes' landmark history of the atomic bomb won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Now, in this majestic new masterpiece of history, science, and politics, he tells for the first time the secret story of how and why the hydrogen bomb was made, and traces the path by which this supreme artifact of 20th-century technology became the defining issue of the Cold War.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Abridged??

    • By Delano on 04-17-13

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Hedy's Folly

    • The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
    • By: Richard Rhodes
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 137
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 120
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 121

    What do Hedy Lamarr, avant-garde composer George Antheil, and your cell phone have in common? The answer is spread-spectrum radio: a revolutionary inven­tion based on the rapid switching of communications sig­nals among a spread of different frequencies. Without this technology, we would not have the digital comforts that we take for granted today. Only a writer of Richard Rhodes’s caliber could do justice to this remarkable story. Unhappily married to a Nazi arms dealer, Lamarr fled to America at the start of World War II; she brought with her not only her theatrical talent....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • fascinating short bio

    • By Darryl on 09-20-13
    • The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
    • By: Richard Rhodes
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
    • Release date: 11-29-11
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 137 ratings

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Masters of Death

    • The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust
    • By: Richard Rhodes
    • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
    • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    In Masters of Death, Richard 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 Final Solution. They murdered more than one and a half million men, women, and children between 1941 and 1943, often by shooting them into killing pits, as at Babi Yar.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • People at their worst!

    • By David M. Metz on 10-10-17

    Regular price: $30.09

    • The Twilight of the Bombs

    • Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear Weapons
    • By: Richard Rhodes
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    The past 20 years have transformed our relationship with nuclear weapons drastically. With extraordinary depth of knowledge and understanding, Rhodes makes clear how the five original nuclear powers—Russia, Great Britain, France, China, and especially the United States—have struggled with new realities. He shows us how the stage was set for a second tragic war when Iraq secretly destroyed it's nuclear infrastructure and reveals the real reasons George W. Bush chose to fight a second war in Iraq.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Definitive Series ends with warnings but also Hope

    • By Richard on 10-21-10

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Arsenals of Folly

    • By: Richard Rhodes
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    In a narrative that moves like a thriller, Rhodes sheds light on the Reagan administration's unprecedented arms buildup in the early 1980s, as well as the arms-reduction campaign that followed, and Reagan's famous 1986 summit meeting with Gorbachev. Rhodes' detailed exploration of events of this time constitutes a prehistory of the neoconservatives. The story is new, compelling, and continually surprising - a revelatory re-creation of a hugely important era of our recent history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • overall outstanding

    • By Thomas on 06-25-09

    Regular price: $39.93

    • Hell and Good Company

    • The Spanish Civil War and the World It Made
    • By: Richard Rhodes
    • Narrated by: Christian Coulson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 62

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating history lesson

    • By Ellen on 05-22-15

    Regular price: $22.67

    • Deadly Feasts

    • Tracking the Secrets of a Terrifying New Plague
    • By: Richard Rhodes
    • Narrated by: Richard Rhodes
    • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    n this brilliant and gripping medical detective story, Richard Rhodes follows virus hunters on three continents as they track the emergence of a deadly new brain disease that first kills cannibals in New Guinea, then cattle and young people in Britain and France - and that has already been traced to food animals in the United States. In a new Afterword, Rhodes reports the latest U.S. and worldwide developments of a burgeoning global threat.

    Regular price: $13.27