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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (67 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Rhodes Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Here is the culminating volume in Richard Rhodes’s monumental and prizewinning history of nuclear weapons, offering the first comprehensive narrative of the challenges faced in a post-Cold War age.

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. We see how the efforts of U.S. weapons labs laid the groundwork for nuclear consolidation in the former Soviet Union, how and why South Africa secretly built and then destroyed a small nuclear arsenal, and how Jimmy Carter’s private diplomacy prevented another Korean War.

We also see how the present day represents a nuclear turning point and what hope exists for our future. Rhodes assesses the emerging threat of nuclear terrorism and offers advice on how our complicated relationships with North Korea and South Asia should evolve. Finally, he imagines what a post-nuclear world might look like, suggesting what might make it possible.

Powerful and persuasive, The Twilight of the Bombs is an essential work of contemporary history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Painstakingly researched…Rhodes’s clear, thoughtful writing makes this title an essential read for those who want to stay informed about global nuclear politics.”

    Library Journal

  • “Impassioned…Rhodes’ formidable nuclear knowledge, readably presented, will convey his moral opposition to nuclear deterrence to a sizable audience.”

    Booklist

  • “Absorbing…Rhodes makes the technical issues lucid and accessible, and the tale also has intrigue and suspense, heroes (Jimmy Carter), and villains (the Bush administration). It’s a story of deceit, corrupt politics, and diplomatic half-measures, but also of improbable outbreaks of common sense and far-sightedness…Rhodes shows us the heartening spectacle of humanity slowly turning away from the abyss.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Since the publication of The Making of the Atomic Bomb…Rhodes has owned the story of nuclear weapons…[The Twilight of the Bombs is] a skillful assessment of the transformation of nuclear weapons from the so-called guardians of our security during the Cold War to the burden and catastrophic threat they pose today…Informed and eloquent.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Rhodes’s reporting about averting calamity in the former Soviet Union will resonate months and probably years from now.”

    Denver 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.”

    Kansas City Star

  • “Authoritative…Brilliant…Required reading for any debate about nuclear security policy.”

    Nature

  • “[Rhodes] writes with remarkable confidence and clarity about these terrible devices. He tells stories well. He loads his text with interesting facts. His technical command is impressive. He’s a rare writer who can explain why the short half-life of tritium gas means that we no longer need to worry about suitcase bombs stolen from the old Soviet Union.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Here is perhaps the most approachable look at Iraq’s nuclear effort, a riveting account of the whereabouts of the Russian nuclear-weapons activization apparatus during the failed coup against Mikhail Gorbachev, and a detailed examination of Sam Nunn’s crusade to account for the nearly 1,500 metric tons of nuclear materials and weapons of the former Soviet Union…In an unusual alchemy of physics and politics, Rhodes explains both the science and the culture of the nuclear age.  He does so with the wisdom of the historian and the morality of the ages.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Remarkable…Subtle…The Twilight of the Bombs brims with intriguing anecdotes…In the end, Rhodes’s conclusion is that the only safety in a nuclear age is an age without nuclear weapons. How that entirely unreasonable aim can be achieved in an unreasonable world is a difficult proposition. Rhodes speaks to it with great eloquence.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Moving…Rhodes makes a good case for the optimistic interpretation of this history.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “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.”

    Washington Post

  • A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2010 Washington Post Best Book for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Noah Richardson | 6/27/2013

    " terse explanation of post-cold war nuclear situations up 'till now (2011). a must-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alain | 5/9/2012

    " This is fascinating book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Motorcycle | 3/10/2011

    " There was a lot of information I didn't know before I read it. It was interesting on one level. But I wasn't captivated by the stories in it like I am with the stuff I've read by Ron Suskind and Sebastian Junger. But I guess it's good to know. It was worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Motorcycle | 2/14/2011

    " There was a lot of information I didn't know before I read it. It was interesting on one level. But I wasn't captivated by the stories in it like I am with the stuff I've read by Ron Suskind and Sebastian Junger. But I guess it's good to know. It was worth reading. "

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