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Stalin's Captive: Nikolaus Riehl and the Soviet Race for the Bomb

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"This historic book . . . presents Riehl's absorbing account of his key role in the production of pure uranium for . . . the Soviet nuclear bomb program [and], written by uniquely qualified Frederick Seitz, an extraordinary and perceptive introduction."—Glenn Seaborg, Nobel laureate in Chemistry "A fascinating story admirably told. . . . I was intrigued by Riehl's ability to survive those difficult times, by his accounts of Russian science, and by his insight into the Russian people of all levels."—Bruce Merrifield, Nobel laureate in Chemistry "The book has solid value as source material, for Riehl was an eyewitness to important affairs and social circumstances that are otherwise poorly documented."—Spencer Weart, AIP Center for the History of Physics

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A translation of Riehl's account of the ten years he and his family were held captive in the Soviet Union, "Ten Years in a Golden Cage", first published in 1988 by Riederer-Verlag in Stuttgart. A detailed introduction relates the roles and backgrounds of various scientists mentioned in Riehl's account, and discusses his early life, education, and war experiences. Includes numerous b&w photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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A translation of Riehl's account of the ten years he and his family were held captive in the Soviet Union, Ten Years in a Golden Cage, first published in 1988 by Riederer-Verlag in Stuttgart. A detailed introduction relates the roles and backgrounds of various scientists mentioned in Riehl's account, and discusses his early life, education, and war experiences. Includes numerous b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

List of Photographs
Preface
The Backdrop 1
Introduction 67
Transportation to the Soviet Union and the Search for an Appropriate Site for the Production of Uranium 71
In Elektrostal near Moscow: Initial Difficulties and the Successful End 89
Comments on Typical Incidents 105
Two Encounters with Beria 111
Beria Once Again 117
The Good Russian Man (Mensch, Dostiny Chelovek) 119
In Sungul in the Urals (1950-1952) 121
The Final Battle over Returning Home 133
On the Caucasian Coast of the Black Sea 141
Secrecy: Pursued in Deadly Earnest: Often Ridiculous 151
Management of Plans 157
Comments on the Technical Training of Soviet Technical Experts 159
The Condition and Behavior of the German "Specialists" 163
The Soviet Living Standard: Postwar and Later 175
Some Impressions of Political Life 183
The Lysenko Affair 197
Conclusion 205
Bibliography 209
Index 211
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