Stalin and the Bomb: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy, 1939-1956

Stalin and the Bomb: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy, 1939-1956

by David Holloway
     
 

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In engrossing detail, David Holloway tells us how Stalin launched a crash atomic program only after the Americans bombed Hiroshima and showed that the bomb could be built; how the information handed over to the Soviets by Klaus Fuchs helped in the creation of their bomb; how the scientific intelligentsia, which included such men as Andrei Sakharov, interacted with the… See more details below

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In engrossing detail, David Holloway tells us how Stalin launched a crash atomic program only after the Americans bombed Hiroshima and showed that the bomb could be built; how the information handed over to the Soviets by Klaus Fuchs helped in the creation of their bomb; how the scientific intelligentsia, which included such men as Andrei Sakharov, interacted with the police apparatus headed by the suspicious and menacing Lavrentii Beria; what steps Stalin took to counter U.S. atomic diplomacy; how the nuclear project saved Soviet physics and enabled it to survive as an island of intellectual autonomy in a totalitarian society; and what happened when, after Stalin's death, Soviet scientists argued that a nuclear war might extinguish all life on earth. This magisterial history throws light on Soviet policy at the height of the Cold War, illuminates a central but hitherto secret element of the Stalinist system, and puts into perspective the tragic legacy of this program - today environmental damage, a network of secret cities, and a huge stockpile of unwanted weapons.

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New York Times Books of the Century
His hardheaded study gives little comfort to liberals and none to revisionist historians....[A] more complete story of Russian nuclear weapons than we have had yet about our own.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300060560
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1994
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.47(w) x 9.47(h) x 1.67(d)

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