Books Energy A Human History by Richard Rhodes Hardcover, 480 pages, Simon & Schuster, List Price: $30 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleEnergySubtitleA Human HistoryAuthorRichard Rhodes Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary Describes five centuries of progress through the history of energy sources, from wood to coal to oil to electricity and beyond and highlights the successes and failures that led to each innovation. Genres: Digital Culture Nonfiction History & Society Science & Health Business & Economy Also by Richard Rhodes Hedy's Folly Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Energy Review Book Reviews What Does Shakespeare Have To Do With 'Energy'? (Trust Us, There's A Link) May 31, 2018 In his new book, Richard Rhodes lays out an accessible and surprisingly optimistic history of energy by exploring the lives of scientists and inventors — and a few unlikely people, like Bard of Avon.