Pulitzer Prize-Wining Author of "The Making of the Atomic Bomb" to Speak at Williams College

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., Jan. 4, 2002–Richard Rhodes, best selling and award winning author of “The Making of the Atomic Bomb,” will discuss “In the Shadow of the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22. The event will be held in the Adams Memorial Theatre (MainStage) on the Williams College campus. It is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come basis.

The lecture will review the history of nuclear weapons while also investigating present developments — the Bush/Putin proposed reductions, terrorist bomb threats, and missile defense — and postulate the future of nuclear arms around the world.

Rhodes is the author of 19 books including “The Making of the Atomic Bomb,” which won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction, the 1987 National Book Award in Nonfiction, and the 1987 National Book Critics Circle Award in General Nonfiction. The New York Times wrote, “‘The Making of the Atomic Bomb’ offers not only the best overview of the century’s pivotal event, but a probing analysis of what it means for the future.”

“The Making of the Atomic Bomb” chronicles the bomb’s development from the “turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs in Japan.”

In 2001 Rhodes was awarded the American Nuclear Society Special Award and has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

His most recent books are “Why They Kill: The Discoveries of a Maverick Criminologist,” “Visions of Technology,” and “Deadly Feasts: Tracking the Secrets of a Terrifying New Plague,” in which he details the investigation into the suspected cause of Mad Cow Disease and whether safety measures instituted in the United Kingdom and the U.S. are truly effective. His “Masters of Death: The SS-Einstatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust” is forthcoming in May 2002.

He also has written articles for New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Physics, Rolling Stone, Harper’s and Playboy.

His book reviews and op-eds have appeared in New York Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Kansas City Star, and many other papers.

Rhodes’ work has appeared on television. The “Race for the Superbomb” appeared on The American Experience. It was based in part on his book “Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb,” an account of the interlocked early history of the cold war and the arms race. Earlier “Nuclear Reaction” was a Frontline documentary.