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Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety (Ala Notable Books for Adults)

Schlosser, Eric

ISBN 10: 1594202273 / 1-59420-227-3
ISBN 13: 9781594202278
Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The
Publication Date: 2013
Binding: Hardcover
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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.”

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Book Description: Penguin Press HC, The, 2013. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Time magazine "A devastatingly lucid and detailed new history of nuclear weapons in the U.S. . fascinating. " (Lev Grossman) Financial Times " Command and Control ranks among the most nightmarish books written in recent years; and in that crowded company it bids fair to stand at the summit. It is the more horrific for being so incontrovertibly right and so damnably readable. Page after relentless page, it drives the vision of a world trembling on the edge of a fatal precipice deep into your reluctant mind. a work with the multilayered density of an ambitiously conceived novel. Schlosser has done what journalism does at its best when at full stretch : he has spent time years researching, interviewing, understanding and reflecting to give us a piece of work of the deepest import." The Guardian "The strength of Schlosser''s writing derives from his ability to carry a wealth of startling detail (did you know that security at Titan II missile bases was so lapse you could break into one with just a credit card?) on a confident narrative path." San Francisco Chronicle "Perilous and gripping. Schlosser skillfully weaves together an engrossing account of both the science and the politics of nuclear weapons safety. The story of the missile silo accident unfolds with the pacing, thrill and techno details of an episode of 24 ." The New Yorker "An excellent journalistic investigation of the efforts made since the first atomic bomb was exploded, outside Alamogordo, New Mexico, on July 16, 1945, to put some kind of harness on nuclear weaponry. By a miracle of information management , Schlosser has synthesized a huge archive of material, including government reports, scientific papers, and a substantial historical and polemical literature on nukes, and transformed it into a crisp narrative covering more than fifty years of scientific and political change . And he has interwoven that narrative with a hair-raising, minute-by-minute account of an accident at a Titan II missile silo in Arkansas, in 1980, which he renders in the manner of a techno-thriller. Command and Control is how nonfiction should be written. " (Louis Menand) New York Times Book Review : " Disquieting but riveting. fascinating . Schlosser's readers (and he deserves a great many) will be struck by how frequently the people he cites attribute the absence of accidental explosions and nuclear war to divine intervention or sheer luck rather than to human wisdom and skill. Whatever was responsible, we will clearly need many more of it in the years to come." Mother Jones : " Easily the most unsettling work of nonfiction I''ve ever read , Schlosser''s six-year investigation of America''s 'broken arrows' (nuclear weapons mishaps) is by and large historicalthis stuff is top secret, after allbut the book is beyond relevant. It''s critical reading in a nation with thousands of nukes still on hair-trigger alert. Command and Control reads like a character-driven thriller as Schlosser draws on his deep reporting, extensive interviews, and documents obtained via the Freedom of Information Act to demonstrate how human error, computer glitches, dilution of authority, poor communications, occasional incompetence, and the routine hoarding of crucial information have nearly brought about our worst nightmare on numerous occasions." Vanity Fair : " Eric Schlosser detonates a truth bomb in Command and Control , a powerful expose about America's nuclear weapons." Publishers Weekly (starred): "Nail-biting. thrilling. Mixing expert commentary with hair-raising details of a variety of mishaps , [Eric Schlosser] makes the convincing case that our best control systems are no match for human error, bad luck, and ever-increasing technological complexity." Kirkus Reviews (starred): " V ivid and unsettling. . An exhaustive, unnerving examination of the illusory safety of atomic arms." Lee H. Hamilton, former U.S. Representative; Co-Chai. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_1594202273

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