Dark Sun

  • by Richard Rhodes
  • Narrated by Richard Rhodes
  • 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb lays bare the secret heart of the Cold War.
Richard Rhodes' landmark history of the atomic bomb won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Now, in this majestic new masterpiece of history, science, and politics, he tells for the first time the secret story of how and why the hydrogen bomb was made, and traces the path by which this supreme artifact of 20th-century technology became the defining issue of the Cold War.
From the day in 1941 when the first word of Anglo-American atomic-bomb research arrived in Moscow to the week of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, DARK SUN is full of unexpected -- and sometimes hair-raising -- revelations based on previously undisclosed Soviet and U.S. sources, including:

How the Soviets were able to produce a carbon copy of the first U.S. atomic bomb
How the SAC fought for independent control of U.S. nuclear weapons -- while flying deliberately provocative daytime missions over Soviet cities
How the first and only direct nuclear confrontation between the superpowers was also very nearly the last
Following the lives of the atomic scientists on both sides of the Iron Curtain, Dark Sun is the definitive work on the hydrogen bomb, showing why the world wars that devastated the first half of the century can never happen again.


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Customer Reviews

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It would be much better to have the entire book. They cut out one of the parts I had most wanted to hear; apparently he discusses the reasons why thermonuclear bombs aren't made as destructive as technologically feasible. Who knows what else is missing from this version.

Otherwise the book is quite good, a nice balance of technology, biography, and politics. And a good reality check on what nuclear stockpiles really entail for society.

Rhodes is not the smoothest reader in the world, but I enjoyed hearing the author reading his own writing.
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- Delano

Read Twice, Listened Twice

What did you love best about Dark Sun?

The combination of deep insight into the people plus the large-scale history including some extremely important things which no one talks about.

What other book might you compare Dark Sun to and why?

Rhodes' other book The Making of the Atomic Bomb.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Rhodes is not the best narrator. I've seen him in videos on this topic and he's a bit more interesting, but audio only... could be better. Sorry but he should stick to writing. I like him, don't get me wrong...

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?


Any additional comments?

You will not believe what the US did (and allowed) in the name of Lend Lease. Read it to find out!

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- Bob Denny

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio