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Red Cloud at Dawn

Truman, Stalin, And The End Of The Atomic Monopoly

By Michael D Gordin

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.

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2009

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0374256829


Format: Book
Author: Gordin, Michael D
Summary: With the use of newly opened archives, "Red Cloud at Dawn" focuses on the extraordinary story of First Lightning--the first Soviet test bomb detonated in 1949--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 monopoly / Michael D. Gordin.
Publisher Date: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
Subject: Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972. Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953. World politics -- 1945-1955 Arms race -- History -- 20th century Nuclear weapons -- History -- 20th century. United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1953 Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1991
Isbn: 0374256829 (hardcover : alk. paper) 9780374256821 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Format: Book
Author: Gordin, Michael D.
Summary: With the use of newly opened archives, "Red Cloud at Dawn" focuses on the extraordinary story of First Lightning--the first Soviet test bomb detonated in 1949--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 monopoly / Michael D. Gordin.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
Description: xii, 402 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.
Subjects: Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953.
Subjects: World politics -- 1945-1955
Subjects: Arms race -- History -- 20th century
Subjects: Nuclear weapons -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union
Subjects: Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States
Subjects: United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1953
Subjects: Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1991
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Atomic monopoly -- How much time do we have? -- Larger than Enormoz -- First lightning -- Making Vermont -- Dramatizing the situation -- The year of Joe.
LCCN: 2009001424
ISBN: 0374256829 (hardcover : alk. paper)
ISBN: 9780374256821 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Call Number: 355.0217094709044 Gor