Here, for the first time, in a brilliant, panoramic portrait by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, is the definitive, often shocking story of the politics and the science behind the development of the hydrogen bomb and the birth of the Cold War.
Based on secret files in the United States and the former Soviet Union, this monumental work of history discloses how and why the United States decided to create the bomb that would dominate world politics for more than forty years.
This audiobook is abridged, and rather severely so. Using Richard Rhodes’ The Making of the Atomic Bomb as a reference, the entire book should be around 28 hours in length instead of this paltry 6 hours. A real shame as the story of the hydrogen bomb’s development along with the physics and politics of thermonuclear weapons is just as fascinating as their forerunner.
Top-Notch Historian/Writer Explains Complex Story Very Lucidly
Richard Rhodes has written books on the history of science & technology (and other topics). I believe many of his books are important works as well as fascinating to read. I'm not a writer, so I can't put it as well as I'd like to, but if you like the history or science & technology and the intersection of politics and social issues, his books have much to offer.
I started with "The Making of the Atomic Bomb" which I read twice. In fact, I wish I could find it on audio since I'd love to listen to it! It's not that I have a morbid fascination with nuclear weapons, but the scientific background and history Rhodes provides is extremely interesting, compelling, and detailed. I have to say, I liked the first "Bomb" book the best, but can't find it on audio :-(. He starts in the late 1800s and works up to the War and Trinity and Hiroshima. He tells these stories from a very wide angle but also in-depth. Historically rich, technically deep, his books are written clearly and lucidly. Perhaps I'm gushing a bit, but I'm a great believer in that saying "truth is stranger than fiction". Rhodes' books tell stories that are historically important, gripping, and profound. The second book turns into an amazing spy thriller, on top of all the science and technology and cultural history. If you like the mixture of all these topics, Dark Sun is a no-brainer to purchase.
I favored "Atomic Bomb" over "Dark Sun" because I'm more of a science guy and prefer more science. Dark Sun gets very involved with spies and double agents and top secrets and the government and the military industrial complex, etc. But still, I also bought & read it! Now, I'm getting the Audiobook because it's so complex, I need to hear it again and don't have time to re-read it! I also bought the more recent "Arsenals of Folly" audiobook which was also very good, but I still liked the first book the best. The second book (Dark Sun) is amazing story that rivals anything in fiction! It makes me crazy that there's even a category called "nonfiction"!
I would highly recommend any of Richard Rhodes' books. I look forward to listening to Dark Sun after reading it once. (I wish I could find "Atom Bomb" on audio! Mr. Rhodes if you're reading this, can you find a way to get "Atomic Bomb" into an Audiobook?).
I'm very impressed with this author's in-depth knowledge and ability to tell complex stories so well.
If you want a short concise quick study of this subject matter, this will definitely be too deep. For all others interested in this subject, this is a no-brainer.
A Huge deception and a Waste of your time
This audio book was an absolute waste of your time Richards Rhodes seething contempt for the many key players in this important part of world history is beyond ethical contempt and showed no attempt at being historical or factual let alone told the story the title implies! The book's title is a huge deception It should have been titled “An Anti Nuke Liberal’s un-ending rants against nuclear weapons”
The only information slightly related to “The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb" and the engineering and the “people" involved in the “Making” (as the title implies) was cut a pasted from any high school encyclopedia The Liberal bias in this was sickening This was nothing more than a "Anti Nuke Hit Piece" Do not waste your money, I’d like mine back! Yes it is that bad……even after 4 thorough listenings what a waste of time and money