When the Soviet Union detonated its first atomic bomb in 1949, the US was taken by complete surprise. Literally. American intelligence services had overlooked the signs that the Soviets were about to go nuclear. How did they miss this bombshell? Especially after their spectacular success gathering information about the Nazis’ plan for a nuclear weapon during WWII. Spy Museum historian/curator Vince Houghton reveals the triumphs and the spectacular failures of the US’s mid-20th century scientific intelligence pursuits in his new book The Nuclear Spies. Houghton will sit down with Spy Museum curator/historian Alexis Albion for a discussion of the fraught period when weapons and military capabilities surged exponentially and intelligence agencies desperately sought to keep up.
Guests will have a chance to see nuclear intelligence artifacts from Houghton’s personal collection.
The Nuclear Spies will be available for sale and signing at the event.