Books Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World This book suffers from schizophrenia. It is subtitled "The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr", but Rhodes does not manage to smoothly incorporate the two.Having done a pretty good job on Lamarr's early life, he abruptly switches to the life of her co-inventor George Antheil. And while Antheil may have been a heckuva interesting guy, we don't need to hear about the ups and downs of his life as a composer, details about Sylvia Beach's "Shakespeare and Company" store and his life in Paris among the jet set or his relationship with his wife, much less long passages from her memoirs. His work with mechanized pianos IS important in his connection to Hedy, but again, we don't need all the details. Isn't this book about Hedy?When we do get back to Hedy, Rhodes skims over her life at the time and gets straight to her invention. What follows is endless pages of background and technical jargon to delight any engineer as much as the initial half of the book would bore them--being about Hedy's life. It became so convoluted that all I could do was skim it and try to get to where it really explained what was going on--and it didn't.Rhodes then jumps over most of the rest of Hedy's life--he mentions her divorcing her third husband, later tosses in something about "six divorces' and never details anything about that, then moves on to the end of her life, what happened to Antheil (again, more than we needed and I don't really care about the cute little anecdote about his wife and his son talking about the "old days") and other related stuff.Hedy Lamarr was a fascinating person and for years her achievements were downplayed in favor of her life as an actress. The material here is terrific.But Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize or no Pulitzer Prize, didn't put it to good use. He has a feel for the technical, but not the flair for people that this book needed. Poor Hedy's been shortchanged again.. Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World go inside Ebook Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Rhodes delivers a remarkable story of science history how a ravishing film star and an avant garde composer invented spread spectrum radio, the technology that made wireless phones, GPS systems, and many other devices possible Beginning at a Hollywood dinner table, Hedy s Folly tells a wild story of innovation that culminates in U.S.Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Rhodes delivers a remarkable story of science history how a ravishing film star and an avant garde composer invented spread spectrum radio, the technology that made wireless phones, GPS systems, and many other devices possible Beginning at a Hollywood dinner table, Hedy s Folly tells a wild story of innovation that culminates in U.S patent number 2,292,387 for a secret communication system Along the way Rhodes weaves together Hollywood s golden era, the history of Vienna, 1920s Paris, weapons design, music, a tutorial on patent law and a brief treatise on transmission technology Narrated with the rigor and charisma we ve come to expect of Rhodes, it is a remarkable narrative adventure about spread spectrum radio s genesis and unlikely amateur inventors collaborating to change the world.From the Trade Paperback edition.. Richard Lee Rhodes is an American journalist, historian, and author of both fiction and non fiction which he prefers to call verity , including the Pulitzer Prize winning The Making of the Atomic Bomb 1986 , and most recently, Arsenals of Folly The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race 2007 He has been awarded grants from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P Sloan Foundation among others He is an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University He also frequently gives lectures and talks on a broad range of subjects to various audiences, including testifying before the U.S Senate on nuclear energy.. Bestseller Book Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World It annoyed her deeply, however, that few people saw beyond her beauty to her intelligence. "Any girl can be glamorous," she famously and acidly said. "All you have to do is stand still and look stupid."This book really annoyed me. I was surprised and intrigued when I found out that Hedy Lamarr was an inventor. "Great!" I thought. "I will read this book about a gorgeous woman who invented in her spare time. It will be feminist and exciting." ... ... ... WRONG!The book is boring and was also making me angry. Not an easy combination or a good one. The information we DID get about Hedy was a combination of biography stuff that had NOTHING to do with her inventing, PLUS icky stuff about how thin she was:She was ill with influenza and lost weight, enhancing her already striking beauty.Wow, that's one of the most disturbing things I've ever heard in life. Nothing like being too sick to eat or keep anything down to make a girl look even more beautiful and thin! Disgusting. This wouldn't be the last time Rhodes mentions how thin (read: gorgeous) Lamarr was.Then we have this little capsule of repugnance:George feigned embarrassment. Hedy pressed him: "The thing is, can they be made BIGGER?" "Yes," said George, blushing, "much much bigger!"Guess what they're talking about? Yes, Hedy's breasts. That's just exactly why I was reading this book. To discuss Hedy's breasts in great detail. OH, WAIT, NO I WASN'T. Jeez Louise, you are really not helping with the amazing feminist feeling of pride I was hoping to get reading this book. I can't believe how much Lamarr's breasts come up here. Listen, I'm sure they were amazing breasts. But I don't want to talk about them, I want to talk about her BRAINS. Her brains and her inventions and her clever mind. THAT'S what I expect from this book. Can we focus, please?Half of the book passes by before we even MENTION a hint of inventing. Which is shit, in my opinion.And Rhodes gives us about five chapters of nothing but George. "Who is George?" you ask? Fair question. He's a composer that co-wrote the patent for spread-spectrum radio with Hedy. I didn't give a fig about him or his life or how many hundreds of affairs he was having while traveling - his wife at home with their child. And he has the most disgusting habit of referring to himself as "a bad boy" or "a very good boy" depending on whether he's cheating on his wife that month or not. It's sick and I hated every minute of it.George also sneers at Hedy and looks down on her for a number of reasons, including but not limited to the fact that she writes her English and German phonetically instead of using proper spelling. Well, excuse me, George. The woman is fluent in 4 languages, she left home when she was 16 - you think you'd forgive her if she had no formal schooling beyond that. Fucker.Anyway, in case it's not clear to you, this book was infuriating for a number of reasons. I recommend reading the title and the blurb. That should be just fine. No reason to bother reading the book, unless you want to look at some pretty black-and-white pictures of Hedy Lamarr, and you can easily do that on the Internet.I'm so sad this was a dud. R.I.P. Hedy. You deserved better in so many ways.
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