A long way from Big Sur!
Reading the book Atomic Steppe: How Kazakhstan Gave Up the Bomb is an amazing adventure of international intrigue, extremely high drama, and a unique history lesson about some very important aspects of the latter part of the twentieth century. I hope you will enjoy hearing some of Dr Kassenova's story in this conversation as well as when you read her book.
Thank you to Margarita Kalinina-Pohl of the Monterey Institute of International Studies for connecting me with Dr. Kassenova and for recommending her important book to me.
Links below to some of what we are talking of.
(including recommendations from Dr. Kassenova)
Togzhan Kassenova website.
Roza Rymbayeva - Zaman-ai
The Silent Steppe: The Story of a Kazakh Nomad Under Stalin
Apples Are From Kazakhstan
Dombra, the Instrument
Semipalatinsk Test Site
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