Richard Rhodes has a New Book Out
October 13, 2007 Leave a comment
I’m off to the bookstore to get the latest by Richard Rhodes, Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race. Rhodes wrote the (still) definitive popular history of the Manhattan Project, The Making of the Atomic Bomb, and its sequel, Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb. He mastered the science and technology central to those stories, but he’s also a compelling story-teller. The Making of the Atomic Bomb won a Pulitzer Prize.
Rhodes is a brilliant and prolific writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Among my favorites is Deadly feasts : tracking the secrets of a terrifying new plague, about the discovery of prions (proteinaceous infectious particles) the agents responsible for mad cow disease and its human variant, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.