World History

Red Cloud at Dawn: Truman, Stalin, and the End of the Atomic Monopoly

Michael Gordin

About the Program

Michael Gordin, history of science professor at Princeton University, recounts the Soviet Union's first atomic test bomb, "First Lightning" that detonated on August 29, 1949.  Mr. Gordin relays 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.  Michael Gordin discusses his book at Labyrinth Books in Princeton, New Jersey.

About the Authors

Michael Gordin

Michael Gordin is a history of science professor as well as the director of Russian and Eurasian Studies at Princeton University.  He is the author of Five Days in August: How World War II Became a Nuclear War.


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Red Cloud at Dawn: Truman, Stalin, and the End of the Atomic Monopoly

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  • Sunday, August 29th at 5pm (ET)
  • Sunday, January 31st at 3am (ET)
  • Saturday, January 30th at 4pm (ET)
  • Sunday, December 20th at 2am (ET)
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