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The Resource Command and control : nuclear weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the illusion of safety, Eric Schlosser

Command and control : nuclear weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the illusion of safety, Eric Schlosser

Label
Command and control : nuclear weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the illusion of safety
Title
Command and control
Title remainder
nuclear weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the illusion of safety
Statement of responsibility
Eric Schlosser
Title variation
Nuclear weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the illusion of safety
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Presents a minute-by-minute account of an H-bomb accident that nearly caused a nuclear disaster, examining other near misses and America's growing susceptibility to a catastrophic event
  • "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." -- Publisher's description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Schlosser, Eric
Dewey number
363.17/990976774
Index
index present
LC call number
U264.3
LC item number
.S45 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Titan (Missile)
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Nuclear weapons
  • United States
Label
Command and control : nuclear weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the illusion of safety, Eric Schlosser
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 583-611) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Author's note -- Selected cast of characters -- Acronyms and abbreviations -- 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 -- Epilogue
Control code
843228712
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxiii, 632 pages
Isbn
9781594202278
Lccn
2013017151
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)843228712
Label
Command and control : nuclear weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the illusion of safety, Eric Schlosser
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 583-611) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Author's note -- Selected cast of characters -- Acronyms and abbreviations -- 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 -- Epilogue
Control code
843228712
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxiii, 632 pages
Isbn
9781594202278
Lccn
2013017151
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)843228712

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