Richard Rhodes: Nuclear Hope


Richard Rhodes is an American author and historian who has devoted over three decades to research and writing about the dawn of the nuclear weapons age. His Pulitzer Prize-winning book, ‘The Making of the Atomic Bomb’ (1986),has sold over one million copies. Rhodes has also authored the play ‘Reykjavik’, which re-enacts the famous 1986 summit where Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan came close to abolishing all nuclear weapons.

In this interview, given on the occasion of the staged reading of the Reykjavik play in September 2012 in New York, Rhodes explains how the 1986 summit had a fundamental impact on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation issues and talks about the necessity for today’s leaders of moving these issues forward. He also describes the surprising discrepancies between the U.S. and Soviet notes from the summit that he discovered in the process of writing the play.

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