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Cold War Poker

by James McManus |  Published: Mar 12, 2008

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George Orwell first used the term "cold war" in his essay "You and the Atomic Bomb" in October 1945, 10 weeks after Nagasaki and a year before publishing Animal Farm. The essay described a totalitarian state much like the USSR "in a permanent state of 'cold war' with its neighbours." As usual, Orwell foresaw what was coming before nearly everyone else did. The Soviets wouldn't test an atomic device until August 1949, but when their hydrogen bombs, designed by Andrei Sakharov, were deployed in the early '50s, the nuclear arms race heated up quickly. The Cold War got colder and almost infinitely more perilous.


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