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After the Soviet Union proved to the United States that it possessed an operational intercontinental ballistic missile with the launch of Sputnik in October 1957, the world watched anxiously as the two superpowers engaged in a game of nuclear one-upmanship. Amid this rising tension, eccentric physicist Nicholas Christofilos brought forth an outlandish, albeit ingenious, idea to defend the US from a Soviet attack: detonating nuclear warheads in space to create an artificial radiation belt that would fry incoming ICBMs. Known as Operation Argus, this plan is the most secret and riskiest experiment in history, and classified details of these nuclear tests have been long obscured.

Combining his investigation of recently declassified documents with more than a decade of experience in researching and writing about the science of the Cold War, Mark Wolverton tells the unknown and controversial story of this scheme, chronicling Christofilos' unconventional idea from inception to execution, and examines the scientific, political, and environmental implications of Argus, as well as that of the atmospheric tests that followed.

Burning the Sky is an engrossing audiobook that will intrigue any lover of scientific or military history and will remind listeners why Project Argus remains frighteningly relevant nearly 60 years later.

©2018 Mark Wolverton (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Categories: History

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Excellent..... EXCELLENT LISTEN!!!

For the science minded, those that worked as Cold War Worrier's, those who are interested in the Nuclear Age and how we got to where we are today....This is one book I'd certainly recommend.

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Extraordinary interesting history

For me as interested in history of science and history of atom bombs, and more this was just a gem.
Most of it I just did not know....
* Wide historical background given
* Very well read

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I listened only because it was briefly free

I'm a cold war historian to the depth of my being, it is--i s you not--the third thing I would say about me and human kind of goes without saying (I hope... maybe?) so second thing and, real spit I would only cop to number two around people I respect so! in an internet/dating/bs getting to know you jive that cold war bit would be #1. that said this book is long on science that I couldn't care less about, really they go boom huh? big boom? k, and short on social and political factors that are actually fascinating to me. so science people with mild historical concerns dive in, history buffs don't waste ya time...

I mean I'm sure dude knows what he's talking about and it's read well just wasn't for me.

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Amazing historical science

If you enjoy historical science and Cold War era secretive operations this is a must. I had never heard of these military operations. Amazing trails and tribulations of the success and failures of these operations will keep the listener engaged.

Great reader performance!

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Great analysis of nuclear atmospheric and space testing

Really important work regarding nuclear testing and whispers of issues in the future. Really great information on an important subject.

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Excellent History

This book looks at a very little known testing program in the early days of ballistic missile defense, using high altitude nuclear explosions to potentially create an atmospheric barrier. With an almost journalistic style, the author goes in-depth into the scientific ideas, but more importantly the personalities and politics of the late 1950s into the early 70s. Fascinating listen on the controversies of the times and the science that proved to be off base.

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Mycket intressant, den här galna grejen alltså…

Dör mig som ändå är intresserad av kalla kriget och allt som har med atomkraft/bomber att göra var den här boken en fantastisk upptäckt. Den här delen av historien har varit höljd i ett dunkel och jag har aldrig tidigare ens hört talas om varesig greken eller experimenten. Så spännande och lärorikt, jag kan verkligen rekommendera den!

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Best Sleep Aid in Existence

The Story is compelling and at times captivating, however there never is a single reward. I give Full stars for my heading and the excellent consistency of the narrator whose performance is flawless.

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Fascinating and under-reported

Amazing story, well written and well produced. A fascinating section of history that few know about. Must read.

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fantastic

this historical account is one of the best I've ever listened to. its a must have in the library.

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  • 06-23-19

Fascinating.

For those that love Cold War History,this is a really good book. It also puts into context just how close we came to destroying the human race not only by the development of nightmare weapons...but also thought just testing them.

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  • Paul D Watson
  • 03-04-22

Oh dear

A dull, ponderous and, in places, highly inaccurate and biased book. Read in an appropriately dull and ponderous manner. One of the very few books I have chosen not to finish...

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  • Goronwy-Wyn
  • 11-22-21

The collective stupidity of the governing masses.

Oh look we have discovered a new phenomenon.
Let’s throw nuclear weapons at it to see what will happen... that’s odd some people went blind. Ho hum never mind!
You have to pinch yourself to realize that this is real not a Hollywood B movie.

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  • Mrs. G. Moynihan
  • 08-21-21

Enlightening

A well drafted and equally well narrated story. It covers a period of history that seemed to pass many by, staggering given the magnitude of what was being undertaken. Was it negligent wanton and futile meddling with the planet Earth’s delicate magnetic fields? Or was it justifiable scientific experimentation and exploration the like of which man has always been driven to pursue? I think the former.