9780312655426

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

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  • ISBN13:

    9780312655426

  • ISBN10:

    0312655428

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/23/2010
  • Publisher: Picador

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Summary

On August 29, 1949, the first Soviet test bomb, dubbed "First Lightning," exploded in the deserts of Kazakhstan. This surprising international event marked the beginning of an arms race that would ultimately lead to nuclear proliferation beyond the two superpowers of the Soviet Union and the United States. Michael D. Gordin folows a trail of espionage, secrecy, deception, political brinksmanship, and technical innovation to provide a fresh understanding of the nuclear arms race.

Author Biography

Michael D. Gordin is an associate professor of the history of science at Princeton University. He is the author of Five Days in August: How World War II Became a Nuclear War.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introduction What Happened at Potsdamp. 3
Atomic Monopolyp. 25
How Much Time Do We Have?p. 63
Larger Than Enormozp. 89
First Lightningp. 133
Making Vermontp. 179
Dramatizing the Situationp. 214
The Year of Joep. 247
Epilogue Traces and Tailingsp. 285
Notesp. 307
Selected Sourcesp. 377
Acknowledgmentsp. 381
Indexp. 383
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