Red Cloud at Dawn: Truman, Stalin, and the End of the Atomic Monopoly by Michael D. Gordin

Red Cloud at Dawn: Truman, Stalin, and the End of the Atomic Monopoly

byMichael D. Gordin

Kobo ebook | September 29, 2009

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On August 29, 1949, the first Soviet test bomb, dubbed First Lightning, exploded in the deserts of Kazakhstan. The startling event was not simply a technical experiment that confirmed the ability of the Soviet Union to build nuclear bombs during a period when the United States held a steadfast monopoly; it was also an international event that marked the beginning of an arms race that would ultimately lead to nuclear proliferation beyond the two superpowers.

Following a trail of espionage, secrecy, deception, political brinksmanship, and technical innovation, Michael D. Gordin challenges conventional technology-centered nuclear histories by looking at the prominent roles that atomic intelligence and other forms of information play in the uncertainties of nuclear arms development and political decision-making. With the use of newly opened archives, Red Cloud at Dawn focuses on the extraordinary story of First Lightning to provide a fresh understanding of the origins of the nuclear arms race, as well as the all-too-urgent problem of proliferation.

Title:Red Cloud at Dawn: Truman, Stalin, and the End of the Atomic MonopolyFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 29, 2009Publisher:Farrar, Straus And GirouxLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:142994241X

ISBN - 13:9781429942416

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