Red Cloud at Dawn Truman, Stalin, and the End of the Atomic Monopoly, by Gordin, Michael D.
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- ISBN: 9780312655426 | 0312655428
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 11/23/2010
On August 29, 1949, the first Soviet test bomb, dubbed "First Lightning," exploded in the deserts of Kazakhstan. This surprising international event marked the beginning of an arms race that would ultimately lead to nuclear proliferation beyond the two superpowers of the Soviet Union and the United States. Michael D. Gordin folows a trail of espionage, secrecy, deception, political brinksmanship, and technical innovation to provide a fresh understanding of the nuclear arms race.