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

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

by Nikolaus Riehl
     
 

ISBN-10: 0841233101

ISBN-13: 9780841233102

Pub. Date: 07/05/2005

Publisher: American Chemical Society

"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

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780841233102
Publisher:
American Chemical Society
Publication date:
07/05/2005
Series:
History of Modern Chemical Sciences Ser.
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

List of Photographs
Preface
The Backdrop1
Introduction67
Transportation to the Soviet Union and the Search for an Appropriate Site for the Production of Uranium71
In Elektrostal near Moscow: Initial Difficulties and the Successful End89
Comments on Typical Incidents105
Two Encounters with Beria111
Beria Once Again117
The Good Russian Man (Mensch, Dostiny Chelovek)119
In Sungul in the Urals (1950-1952)121
The Final Battle over Returning Home133
On the Caucasian Coast of the Black Sea141
Secrecy: Pursued in Deadly Earnest: Often Ridiculous151
Management of Plans157
Comments on the Technical Training of Soviet Technical Experts159
The Condition and Behavior of the German "Specialists"163
The Soviet Living Standard: Postwar and Later175
Some Impressions of Political Life183
The Lysenko Affair197
Conclusion205
Bibliography209
Index211

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