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Stalin and the bomb : the Soviet Union and atomic energy, 1939-1956

Author: David Holloway
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Holloway
ISBN: 0300060564 9780300060560
OCLC Number: 29911222
Description: xvi, 464 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Ioffe's Institute --
2. Nuclear Prehistory --
3. Reacting to Fission --
4. Making a Decision --
5. Getting Started --
6. Hiroshima --
7. The Post-Hiroshima Project --
8. The Premises of Policy --
9. The Atomic Industry --
10. The Atomic Bomb --
11. War and the Atomic Bomb --
12. The War of Nerves --
13. Dangerous Relations --
14. The Hydrogen Bomb --
15. After Stalin --
16. The Atom and Peace.
Responsibility: David Holloway.

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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.

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