Unhappily married to a Nazi arms dealer, future Samson and Delilah star Hedy Lamarr fled to America at the start of World War II, bringing her talent and considerable notoriety but also a gift for technical innovation. After making the acquaintance of Ballet méchanique composer George Antheil at a Hollywood dinner, they joined forces to devise a radio guidance system for torpedoes—a forerunner of current digital technology—the unlikely duo's gift to the U.S. war effort. Illustrated with 8 pages of black and white photographs, this history by the Pulitzer Prize– and National Book Award–winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb tells a glamorous but often overlooked tale from the "Greatest Generation."
"In symphonic control of a great wealth of fresh and stimulating material … [Richard] Rhodes incisively, wittily, and dramatically brings to light a singular convergence of two beyond-category artists who overtly and covertly changed the world."—Booklist (starred review)