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    • Energy

    • A Human History
    • By: Richard Rhodes
    • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
    • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    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. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting topics, very well narrated

    • By D. Jarenicz on 06-06-18

    Regular price: £20.79

    • 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 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 15

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Essential history

    • By Y. Syed on 16-06-15

    Regular price: £14.59

    • 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 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    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....

    • 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 51 mins
    • Release date: 29-11-11
    • 4 out of 5 stars 3 ratings

    Regular price: £19.69

    • 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 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    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.

    Regular price: £29.59

    • Arsenals of Folly

    • By: Richard Rhodes
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    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.

    Regular price: £32.89