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Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, by Eric Schlosser

By Eric Schlosser

The New Yorker
“Excellent... a hair-raising, minute-by-minute account of an twist of fate at a Titan II missile silo in Arkansas, in 1980, which [Schlosser] renders within the demeanour of a techno-thriller… Command and Control is how nonfiction can be written.” (Louis Menand)

Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to discover secrets and techniques concerning the administration of America’s nuclear arsenal. A ground-breaking account of injuries, near-misses, notable heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the predicament that has existed because the sunrise of the nuclear age:  how do you installation guns of mass destruction with no being destroyed via them?  that query hasn't ever been resolved--and Schlosser finds how the mix of human fallibility and technological complexity nonetheless poses a grave danger to mankind.  

Written with the vibrancy of a major 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 old narrative that spans greater than fifty years.  It depicts the pressing attempt by means of American scientists, policymakers, and armed forces 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 battle from a brand new point of view, providing background from the floor up, telling the tales of bomber pilots, missile commanders, upkeep crews, and different traditional servicemen who risked their lives to ward off 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 robust nuclear warhead ever outfitted through the United States.   

Drawing on lately declassified records and interviews with males who designed and commonly handled  nuclear guns, Command and keep an eye on takes readers right into a terrifying yet attention-grabbing global that, earlier, has been mostly hidden from view.  in the course of the information of a unmarried twist of fate, Schlosser illustrates how an not likely occasion can develop into unavoidable, how small dangers could have negative results, and the way the main marvelous minds within the state can simply offer us with an phantasm of control.  Audacious, gripping, and unforgettable, Command and regulate is a travel de strength of investigative journalism, an eye-opening examine the risks of America’s nuclear age.

Time magazine
 “A devastatingly lucid and distinct new heritage of nuclear guns within the U.S. … fascinating.” (Lev Grossman)

Financial Times
“So incontrovertibly correct and so damnably readable...
a paintings with the multilayered density of an ambitiously conceived novel… Schlosser has performed what journalism does at its best."

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