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Richard Rhodes to speak and sign latest book

September 30, 2010

Richard Rhodes will discuss and sign his latest book, The Twilight of the Bomb, at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History on October 21, 2010. Rhodes is the author of 22 books including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, the 1987 National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. 

Rhodes also wrote Dark Sun: the Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, which was shortlisted for a Pulitzer Prize in History, along with numerous other books and novels. He has received numerous fellowships for research and writing, including grants from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard and MIT and a host and correspondent for documentaries on public television’s Frontline and American Experience series.  An affiliate of the Center of International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, he lectures frequently to audiences in the United States and abroad. The Museum’s Einstein Society recognized Richard Rhodes in 2007 for his major literary contributions to the nuclear field. 

The doors will open at 6 p.m. on October 21, with Rhodes to speak at 6:30 p.m.; he will sign books following the lecture. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for Museum members.  Books may be purchased through the museum store the night of the event. For further details, contact the Museum at 245-2137 extension 114.

“Richard Rhodes is a recognized expert in the history of the development of nuclear weapons,” said Jim Walther, Director of the Museum. “We are honored that he will visit the Museum again to discuss his most recent important work.”

Rhodes’ book is receiving critical acclaim:

“No one writes better about nuclear history than Rhodes does, ably combining a scholar’s attention to detail with a novelist’s devotion to character and pacing . . . The ingenuity and progressive spirit he reveals inspire optimism.”
        -George Perkovich, The Washington Post

“The Twilight of the Bombs is an apt conclusion to an epic undertaking . . . At each step Rhodes offers fresh perspective on the historical record.”
        -Kevin Canfield, The Kansas City Star

“He writes with remarkable confidence and clarity about these terrible devices. He tells stories well. He loads his text with interesting facts. (Did you know that the United States spends $50 billion annually just to maintain its nuclear arsenal?) His technical command is impressive.
-Nicholas Thompson, The New York Times

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