ERIC SCHLOSSER COMMAND AND CONTROL EBOOK
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From famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, comes Command and Control a ground-breaking account of the management of . eBook . Command and Control interweaves the minute-by-minute story of an Eric Schlosser is the author of Fast Food Nation and Reefer Madness, as well as the co-author of a children's book, Chew on This. A myth-shattering exposé of America's nuclear weapons Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of .
Command and Control is a sobering look at the failures of the Atomic Age - accidents, careless errors and bureaucratic mishaps involving devices that could level a city. Some of them came very close.
One accident in particular provides the narr I have a fascination with the history of the US atomic weapons program, based not on the macabre destructive power of those weapons, but on the combination of brilliant minds, difficult problems and absolute secrecy. One accident in particular provides the narrative framework: The Damascus Incident. In a missile silo near Damascus, AR in , a technician working on a Titan II missile dropped the attachment on his wrench, initiating a sequence of events that ultimately resulted in the missile exploding and ejecting its live nuclear warhead from the silo.
The Titan II is the largest rocket ever constructed by the US and was carrying the most powerful warhead available - a nine megaton bomb with the output of a dozen Hiroshimas. If the warhead had gone critical it would have dramatically changed the course of history. But The Damascus Incident is only the tip of the ice-berg, as Schlosser documents thoroughly.
Hair-raising close calls have been par for the course from the beginning of the nuclear weapons program on to the present day. While there have been many avoidable accidents, the fact of the matter is that when you have thousands of nuclear weapons and you move some of them around every day, accidents will happen.
It's not a matter of 'if', but 'when'. The sobering take-away of this book is that during the Cold War our own nuclear weapons were a greater threat to us than the Soviets' ever were. In addition to documenting this comedy of atomic errors, Schlosser explores the development of the US government's 'command and control' program, the network of protocols and policies which governed who could use nuclear weapons, when, and how. This bit is every bit as hair-raising as the parade of accidents, as we learn that again and again Air Force commanders embraced strategies of nuclear annihilation which would have undoubtedly plunged the world into nuclear winter if they were ever executed.
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And he has interwoven that narrative with a hair-raising, minute-by-minute account of an accident at a Titan II missile silo in Arkansas, in , which he renders in the manner of a techno-thriller' New Yorker 'The strength of Schlosser's writing derives from his ability to carry a wealth of startling detail on a confident narrative path' Ed Pilkington, Guardian 'Disquieting but riveting Skip this list.
Ratings and Book Reviews 3 11 star ratings 3 reviews. Overall rating 4. Yes No Thanks for your feedback! Report as inappropriate. The reality of the cold war and the nuclear arms race is frightening. I would have been happy for the book to have just run through the history of the nuclear arms race without focusing on the Damascus Incident. Very well written.
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The story of the accident at a missle silo near Damascus is woven into the history of the Atomic arms race and it's consequences in the management of command and control over the weapons of mass destruction. No as authorative and expansive as "The history of the atomic bomb", but a nice read. Spanning decades, this work delves into nuclear weapons and the hazards they create, by simply existing, in fantastic detail but with great humanity. From dropped screws to plane crashes and missile explosions the author terrified me with how close we came to accidental or unintentional nuclear armageddon.
My toaster has more safety features than the early nuclear weapons systems! A great read. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author's style Explain the rating you gave Don't Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book's price Recap the plot.
Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer's personal information. Would you like us to take another look at this review? No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks!Using documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act and interviews with retired military officers and scientists, he fills in details of how missiles work, and how they were developed and maintained.
Even if you have watched a lot of documentaries on this topic, you will probably learn something new and shocking. I think we can safely ignore this guy. Over the years, the United States has manufactured some 70, nuclear weapons.
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So this book scratches an itch of mine.