Cover image for Command and control nuclear weapons, the Damascus accident, and the illusion of safety
Title:
Command and control nuclear weapons, the Damascus accident, and the illusion of safety
Edition:
Large print edition.
Publication Information:
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013.
ISBN:
9781410461933
Physical Description:
1041 pages ; 25 cm.
Series:
Thorndike Press large print nonfiction
Language:
English
Contents:
The Titan. Not good ; New wave ; No lone zones ; 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 abnormal environment -- Damascus. Balanced and unbalanced ; The wrong tape ; Like hell ; Confirm or deny ; The end.
Abstract:
From famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, comes Command and Control a ground-breaking account of the management of nuclear weapons. A groundbreaking 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? Schlosser reveals that this question has never been resolved, and while other headlines dominate the news, nuclear weapons still pose a grave risk to mankind. At the heart of Command and Control lies the story of an accident at a missile silo in rural Arkansas, where a handful of men struggled to prevent the explosion of a ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States.
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