Book Discussion on Red Cloud at Dawn

Michael Gordin talked about his book Red Cloud at Dawn: Truman, Stalin, and the End of the Atomic Monopoly (Farrar, Straus and Giroux;… read more

Michael Gordin talked about his book Red Cloud at Dawn: Truman, Stalin, and the End of the Atomic Monopoly (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; September 29, 2009). In his book Michael Gordin, history of science professor at Princeton University, recounted the Soviet Union’s first atomic test bomb, “First Lightning” that detonated on August 29, 1949. Mr. Gordin relayed that the test brought an end to sole American ownership of nuclear weapons and ushered in a new wave of foreign policy machinations and espionage between the United States and the Soviet Union. He talked about the nature of the intelligence issues that informed diplomacy and read passages from the book. He responded to questions from members of the audience.  close

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Book Discussion on Red Cloud at Dawn

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Program ID:
290720-1
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Public Affairs Event
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Location:
Princeton, New Jersey, United States
First Aired:
Dec 20, 2009
Last Aired:
Aug 29, 2010

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  • Dec 20, 2009 | 1:56am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 30, 2010 | 4:01pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 31, 2010 | 2:59am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 29, 2010 | 4:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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