Red cloud at dawn: Truman, Stalin, and the end of the atomic monopoly

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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.

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subject_facet Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1991, Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States, United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1953, United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union
table_of_contents Atomic monopoly -- How much time do we have? -- Larger than Enormoz -- First lightning -- Making Vermont -- Dramatizing the situation -- The year of Joe.
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