The Nuclear Spies by Vince Houghton audiobook

The Nuclear Spies: America’s Atomic Intelligence Operation against Hitler and Stalin

By Vince Houghton
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Why did the US intelligence services fail so spectacularly to know about the Soviet Union’s nuclear capabilities following World War II? As Vince Houghton, historian and curator of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC, shows us, that disastrous failure came just a few years after the Manhattan Project’s intelligence team had penetrated the Third Reich and knew every detail of the Nazi’s plan for an atomic bomb. What changed and what went wrong? Houghton’s delightful retelling of this fascinating case of American spy ineffectiveness in the then new field of scientific intelligence provides us with a new look at the early years of the Cold War. During that time, scientific intelligence quickly grew to become a significant portion of the CIA budget as it struggled to contend with the incredible advance in weapons and other scientific discoveries immediately after World War II. As Houghton shows, the abilities of the Soviet Union’s scientists, its research facilities and laboratories, and its educational system became a key consideration for the CIA in assessing the threat level of its most potent foe. Sadly, for the CIA, scientific intelligence was extremely difficult to do well. For when the Soviet Union detonated its first atomic bomb in 1949, no one in the American intelligence services saw it coming.

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Summary

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Why did the US intelligence services fail so spectacularly to know about the Soviet Union’s nuclear capabilities following World War II? As Vince Houghton, historian and curator of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC, shows us, that disastrous failure came just a few years after the Manhattan Project’s intelligence team had penetrated the Third Reich and knew every detail of the Nazi’s plan for an atomic bomb. What changed and what went wrong?

Houghton’s delightful retelling of this fascinating case of American spy ineffectiveness in the then new field of scientific intelligence provides us with a new look at the early years of the Cold War. During that time, scientific intelligence quickly grew to become a significant portion of the CIA budget as it struggled to contend with the incredible advance in weapons and other scientific discoveries immediately after World War II. As Houghton shows, the abilities of the Soviet Union’s scientists, its research facilities and laboratories, and its educational system became a key consideration for the CIA in assessing the threat level of its most potent foe. Sadly, for the CIA, scientific intelligence was extremely difficult to do well. For when the Soviet Union detonated its first atomic bomb in 1949, no one in the American intelligence services saw it coming.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This easy-to-read academic book will appeal to those interested in World War II intelligence and atomic history.” Library Journal
The Nuclear Spies deftly navigates the decisions made, for better or worse, by World War II–era American intelligence agencies.” Valerie Plame, former covert CIA Operations Officer

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Author Bio: Vince Houghton

Author Bio: Vince Houghton

Vincent Houghton, PhD, is the historian and curator of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. A veteran of the United States Army, he has written and appears as an expert for various media, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Associated Press, USA Today, The Economist, Vanity Fair, NPR, BBC, NBC News, Fox News, the History Channel, and the Travel Channel.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 8.14
Audience: Adult
Language: English