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Stalin and the Bomb: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy, 1939-1956
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0300066643, Paperback)spionage play? How did American atomic power affect Stalin's foreign policy? Stalin and the Bomb presents spellbinding answers to these questions, as it traces the history of Soviet nuclear policy from developments in physics in the 1920s to the emergence of nuclear deterrence in the 1950s.
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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.
An edition of this book was published by Yale University Press.
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