Command and Control

Command and Control

Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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Mother Jones"Easily the most unsettling work of nonfiction I've ever read... the book is beyond relevant. It's critical reading in a nation with thousands of nukes still on hair-trigger alert."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 resolvedђ́ؤand 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...
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780307702517
Branch Call Number: Audio Download
Characteristics: audio file
digital,stereo,Digital recording
1 online resource (17 audio files) : digital
Additional Contributors: Brick, Scott

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EricTheMailman
Mar 22, 2014

I grew up during the Cold War and there were times that I was very scared my life would end in a thermonuclear flash. According to Eric Schlosser there was more to be scared of than Geo-political tension between the super powers. There were countless accidents, mishaps, losses, crashes, fires and human errors with atomic and thermonuclear weapons that it is a wonder we are all still alive today.

The book was chilling. It scared me to my core. I found the level of paranoia of the first two decades of the Cold War to be nearly incomprehensible. How could men of power be so foolish?

The book itself followed a terrible accident that happened at one missile silo in the United States. The author explained just how dangerous the Titan II missile system was on it's own, never mind that one of the most powerful warheads sat on top of it. From the moment a technician accidentally drops a socket down the silo and damages the missile Schlosser takes us on a journey of just how that weapon was developed and the history behind the cold war as well.

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tj_is_cool
Feb 17, 2014

Well written book about the history of nuclear weapons starting from the second war world.

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