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Command and Control

Nuclear Weapons, The Damascus Accident, And The Illusion Of Safety

By Eric author Schlosser

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.”



Format: Book
Author: Schlosser, Eric author
Title: Command and control : nuclear weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the illusion of safety / Eric Schlosser.
Publisher Date: New York, New York : The Penguin Press, 2013.
Subject: United States. Air Force. Strategic Air Command. Strategic Missile Wing, 308th. Nuclear weapons -- Accidents -- United States -- History Nuclear weapons -- Accidents -- Arkansas -- History. Titan (Missile) -- History. Nuclear weapons -- United States -- Safety measures. Nuclear weapons -- Government policy -- United States
Isbn: 9781594202278
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System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 2
Call Number: 363.1799 Sch
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Bib Id: 351998

Format: Book
Author: Schlosser, Eric author.
Title: Command and control : nuclear weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the illusion of safety / Eric Schlosser.
Publisher, Date: New York, New York : The Penguin Press, 2013.
Description: 632 pages : 25 cm
Subjects: United States. Air Force. Strategic Air Command. Strategic Missile Wing, 308th.
Subjects: Nuclear weapons -- Accidents -- United States -- History
Subjects: Nuclear weapons -- Accidents -- Arkansas -- History.
Subjects: Titan (Missile) -- History.
Subjects: Nuclear weapons -- United States -- Safety measures.
Subjects: Nuclear weapons -- Government policy -- United States
Other Title: Nuclear weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the illusion of safety
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 503-611) and index.
Contents: Author's note -- Selected cast of characters -- Acronyms and abbreviations -- The Titan -- Not good -- New wave -- No lone zone -- Spheres within spheres -- Potential hazards -- Machinery of control -- The best, the biggest, and the most -- In violation -- Megadeath -- Accidents will happen -- Acceptable risks -- The optimum mix -- Breaking in -- Out of control -- Decapitation -- The brink -- An abnornal environment -- Damascus -- Balanced and unbalanced -- The wrong tape -- Like hell -- Con.rm or deny -- The end -- Epilogue.
LCCN: 2013017151
ISBN: 9781594202278
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: 363.1799 Sch