Rhodes, Richard, 1937-....

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Richard Lee Rhodes was born on July 4, 1937 at Kansas City, Kansas--the youngest of three sons born to Arthur and Georgia Collier Rhodes. Following his mother's suicide in 1938 and his father's subsequent remarriage, Rhodes and his brother Stanley suffered severe childhood abuse, which culminated in their admittance to the Andrew Drumm Institute for orphaned boys at Independence, Missouri. In 1959, Rhodes graduated cum laude from Yale University, earning a bachelor's degree in history and letters. He afterward trained as a writer at Newsweek magazine, taught English, and worked in corporate public relations before turning full-time to writing.

Rhodes' many books and articles in numerous fields of interest have been widely published. His 1986 history of the atomic bomb's development, The Making of the Bomb, was awarded the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in Non-Fiction as well as a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award. Topics of Rhodes' major works have included the American Middle West, the Ozarks, the 19th century artist and naturalist John James Audubon, the development of the hydrogen bomb, the history of "mad cow" and other such diseases, the history of Adolf Hitler's death squad, the life of criminologist Lonnie Athens, case histories of childhood abuse, and the ill-fated pioneers of the Donner Party. Rhodes is an affiliate of Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation and has received grants from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

From the guide to the Richard Rhodes papers, 1938-2011, (University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection)

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associatedWith Alvarez, Luis W., 1911-1988. person
associatedWith Andrew Drumm Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith Andrew Drumm Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith Athens, Lonnie H. person
associatedWith Audubon, John James, 1785-1851. person
associatedWith Brauer, Alan P. person
associatedWith Howard, Jesse, 1885-1983. person
associatedWith Jaynes, Julian, 1920-1997. person
associatedWith Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory corporateBody
associatedWith Lovins, Amory B., 1947- person
associatedWith Manhattan Project (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Nationalsocialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei. Schutzstaffel. Sicherheitsdienst. corporateBody
associatedWith Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei. Schutzstaffel. Sicherheitsdienst. corporateBody
associatedWith Stratten, Dorothy, 1960-1980. person
associatedWith United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. corporateBody
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Ozark Mountains
Middle West
United States
World War, 1939-1945--Secret service
Atomic bomb--History
Sexually abused children--United States--Case studies
Adult child sexual abuse victims--Case studies
National characteristics, American
Adult child sexual abuse victims--United States--Case studies
Technology--History--20th century
Family life--Missouri
Natural history--Ozark Mountains
Nuclear industry
Criminal psychology--Case studies
Middle West--Social life and customs
Donner Party--Fiction
Nuclear energy--United States
Nuclear industry--United States
World War, 1939-1945--Secret service--Germany
Sex instruction
Sexually abused children--Case studies
Heart, Artificial--Research
Natural history
Prion diseases--Popular works
Manhattan Project (U.S.)--History
Atomic bomb--United States--History
Nuclear energy
Nuclear weapons
Arms race
Ozark Mountains--Description and travel
Hydrogen bomb--History
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)


Birth 1937-07-04


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