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Red Cloud at Dawn: Truman, Stalin, and the End of the Atomic Monopoly
 
 
Author
Michael D. Gordin.
Publisher FSG  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9780374256821
Pages/Publication Date 402/2009
Daedalus Item Code 20455
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On August 29, 1949, the first Soviet test bomb, dubbed First Lightning, exploded in the Kazakh desert. 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 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.

"Michael Gordin brings vividly to life the end of the American atomic monopoly. By focusing on what each side knew—and did not know—about the other, he sheds new and original light on the origins of the U.S.-Soviet nuclear arms race. This is a stylish book, with important implications for how we think about nuclear weapons past and present."—David Holloway

 
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