Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 14, 2005)
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How did Andrei Sakharov, a theoretical physicist and the said father of the Soviet hydrogen bomb, turn into a human rights activist and the 1st Russian to win the Nobel Peace Prize? In his later years, Sakharov famous in his diary that he used to be "simply a guy with an strange fate." to appreciate this deceptively straight forward assertion via a rare guy, the area of Andrei Sakharov, the 1st authoritative research of Andrei Sakharov as a scientist in addition to a public determine, depends on formerly inaccessible records, lately declassified data, and private money owed via Sakharov's neighbors and co-workers to ascertain the genuine context of Sakharov's lifestyles. during doing so, Gennady Gorelik solutions a desirable query, even if the Soviet hydrogen bomb was once quite fathered via Sakharov, or even if it was once in keeping with stolen American secrets and techniques. Gorelik concludes that whereas espionage did start up the Soviet attempt, the Russian hydrogen bomb was once invented independently. Gorelik additionally elucidates the explanations that led to the doubtless unexpected transformation of the top-secret physicist right into a public determine in 1968, whilst Sakharov's well-known essay "Progress, peaceable Coexistence, and highbrow Freedom" was once allotted in samizdat within the USSR and smuggled out to the West. lately declassified records convey that Sakharov's metamorphosis used to be brought on by specialist issues, rather in regards to the improvement of an anti-ballistic missile safety. An insider's view of the way the higher echelons of the Soviet regime functioned had led Sakharov to the belief that the targets of peace, development, and human rights have been inextricably associated. His loose pondering and loose feeling have been manifested in his wish that medical idea and non secular belief could discover a profound synthesis sooner or later.