Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

Center Point Large Print, 2012 - 303 páginas

What do Hedy Lamarr, composer George Antheil, and your cell phone have in common? The answer is spread-spectrum radio. Without this technology, we would not have the digital comforts that we take for granted today.

Only a writer of Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Rhodes's caliber could do justice to this remarkable story. Unhappily married to a Nazi arms dealer, Hedy Lamarr fled to America at the start of World War II. She brought with her not only her theatrical talent but also a gift for technical innovation. An introduction to Antheil at a Hollywood dinner table culminated in a U.S. patent for a jam- proof radio guidance system for torpedoes -- the unlikely duo's gift to the U.S. war effort.

What other book brings together 1920s Paris, player pianos, Nazi weaponry, and digital wireless into one satisfying whole? In its juxtaposition of Hollywood glamour with the reality of a brutal war, Hedy's Folly is a riveting book.

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The book spends minimal time on Hedy's Hollywood career but focuses on her early life in Austria and her flight to America to make films in Hollywood. Wanting to be an actress by her mid teens, she ... Leer reseña completa

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This is another book about the life of Hedy Lamar, but unlike Marie Benedict's The Only Woman in the Room, this book is written as a standard biography, and for me, wasn't nearly as interesting as the ... Leer reseña completa

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