By Eric Schlosser
New York instances publication Review
Disquieting yet riveting fascinating Schlosser’s readers (and he merits a very good many) may be struck by means of how often the folk he cites characteristic the absence of unintended explosions and nuclear battle to divine intervention or sheer good fortune instead of to human knowledge and talent. no matter what was once liable, we are going to basically desire many extra of it within the years to come.”
Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to discover secrets and techniques in regards to the administration of America’s nuclear arsenal. A ground-breaking account of injuries, near-misses, impressive heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the issue that has existed because the sunrise of the nuclear age: how do you set up guns of mass destruction with out being destroyed by means of them? that query hasn't ever been resolved--and Schlosser finds how the combo of human fallibility and technological complexity nonetheless poses a grave probability to mankind.
Written with the vibrancy of a chief mystery, Command and Control interweaves the minute-by-minute tale of an twist of fate at a nuclear missile silo in rural Arkansas with a ancient narrative that spans greater than fifty years. It depicts the pressing attempt via American scientists, policymakers, and army officials to make sure that nuclear guns can’t be stolen, sabotaged, used with no permission, or detonated inadvertently. Schlosser additionally appears to be like on the chilly conflict from a brand new viewpoint, supplying heritage from the floor up, telling the tales of bomber pilots, missile commanders, upkeep crews, and different usual servicemen who risked their lives to evade a nuclear holocaust. on the center of the booklet lies the fight, amid the rolling hills and small farms of Damascus, Arkansas, to avoid the explosion of a ballistic missile wearing the main strong nuclear warhead ever outfitted by way of the United States.
Drawing on lately declassified records and interviews with males who designed and many times handled nuclear guns, Command and regulate takes readers right into a terrifying yet interesting global that, beforehand, has been mostly hidden from view. in the course of the info of a unmarried twist of fate, Schlosser illustrates how an not likely occasion can turn into unavoidable, how small dangers could have poor outcomes, and the way the main exceptional minds within the state can purely supply us with an phantasm of control. Audacious, gripping, and unforgettable, Command and keep an eye on is a travel de strength of investigative journalism, an eye-opening examine the risks of America’s nuclear age.
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"A chilling, concise heritage of America’s precarious nuclear arsenal... vibrant and unsettling."
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