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Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

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Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety
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Hardcover, Penguin Press, 2009, ISBN13 9781594202278, ISBN10 1594202273
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Presents a minute-by-minute account of an H-bomb accident that nearly caused a nuclear disaster, examining other near misses and America's growing susceptibility to a catastrophic event.

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Presents a minute-by-minute account of an H-bomb accident that nearly caused a nuclear disaster, examining other near misses and America's growing susceptibility to a catastrophic event.

"The New Yorker"
"Excellent... hair-raising.".. Command and Control" is how nonfiction should be written." (Louis Menand)
Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. A ground-breaking account of accidents, near-misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, "Command and Control" explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: how do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? That question has never been resolved--and Schlosser reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind.
Written with the vibrancy of a first-rate thriller, "Command and Control" interweaves the minute-by-minute story of an accident at a nuclear missile silo in rural Arkansas with a historical narrative that spans more than fifty years. It depicts the urgent effort by American scientists, policymakers, and military officers to ensure that nuclear weapons can't be stolen, sabotaged, used without permission, or detonated inadvertently. Schlosser also looks at the Cold War from a new perspective, offering history from the ground up, telling the stories of bomber pilots, missile commanders, maintenance crews, and other ordinary servicemen who risked their lives to avert a nuclear holocaust. At the heart of the book lies the struggle, amid the rolling hills and small farms of Damascus, Arkansas, to prevent the explosion of a ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States.
Drawing on recently declassified documents and interviews with men who designed and routinely handled nuclear weapons, "Command and Control "takes readers into a terrifying but fascinating world that, until now, has been largely hidden from view. Through the details of a single accident, Schlosser illustrates how an unlikely event can become unavoidable, how small risks can have terrible consequences, and how the most brilliant minds in the nation can only provide us with an illusion of control. Audacious, gripping, and unforgettable, "Command and Control "is a tour de force of investigative journalism, an eye-opening look at the dangers of America's nuclear age.
"Time "magazine
"A devastatingly lucid and detailed new history of nuclear weapons in the U.S.... fascinating." (Lev Grossman)
"Financial Times"
"So incontrovertibly right and so damnably readable... a work with the multilayered density of an ambitiously conceived novel... Schlosser has done what journalism does at its best."
"Los Angeles Times"
"Deeply reported, deeply frightening... a techno-thriller of the first order."

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Number of Pages: 632
Number in Series: 1
Original Languages: English
Author: Schlosser, Eric
Series Title: ALA Notable Books for Adults
Primary Shelf ID: 583311
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publication Date: September, 2013
ISBN-13: 9781594202278
Digital Video Formats: Hardcover
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.52 x 9.75 x 2.00 Inches
ISBN-10: 1594202273
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