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

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

David Holloway

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ISBN : 9780300060560
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464 pages
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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 theMoreIn 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 Stalins 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.