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Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

de Eric Schlosser

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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.
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    Pinebranch: All things nuclear have inherited some of the secrecy of the early nuclear weapons programs. These histories tell the stories of accidents and consequences that authorities kept hidden until well after the fact. Fallout tells the stories of factory and power plant problems that could have been disastrous; Command and Control tells of times we almost nuked ourselves. Both are written by journalists in quite readable styles.… (més)
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Command and Control is the terrifying reality of nuclear weapons accidents and the near misses that have occurred throughout the nuclear age. It’s a meticulously researched and gripping exploration of the history, technology, and politics of nuclear weapons, and the complex and often precarious systems put in place to manage these weapons. Schlosser examines the 1961 Goldsboro B-52 crash, the 1980 Damascus Titan missile explosion, and sheds light on the challenges and shortcomings of nuclear command and control systems, including issues of communication, decision-making processes, and the potential for unauthorized use. He emphasizes the fallibility of these systems and the inherent dangers they pose—even in the hands of well-intentioned individuals. Schlosser raises important questions about the ethics and morality of possessing such destructive capabilities, as well as the need for greater accountability and transparency in nuclear policy. Command and Control is a risks and consequence analysis highlighting the inherent risks of human error, technical malfunctions, and the potential for catastrophic accidents. You might never sleep again. ( )
  Andrew.Lafleche | Feb 3, 2024 |
A riveting history of the nuclear weapon that is mostly about how dangerous they are, both to whomever is bombed with them, and to the user when they accidently fall out of airplanes (again and again). The story is gripping, but there is very little analysis. There are comments in the Epilogue pointing out that in an incredibly complex and dangerous system like our nuclear weapons and their command and control, an error rate of .000001% would still be unacceptable since the detonation of a 5 megaton device in Greensboro would be unthinkably horrible. Studies of mistakes in Medicine are similar, since mistakes occur no matter what you do, and they are usually completely unacceptable. I think one could also discuss the old conundrum, that the type of brave arrogant fast-acting no-nonsense guy who rises to the top in a complex organization like a branch of the military, might not be the best person to agree to have the safety of his weapons reviewed. ( )
  markm2315 | Jul 1, 2023 |
While much of this book is highly interesting, in my opinion its punch is diminished by its encyclopedic comprehensiveness that overwhelms the general reader, and by the interspersing of chapters on twentieth century nuclear history and the Damascus Incident, which don't have any natural fit. ( )
  fji65hj7 | May 14, 2023 |
Fróðleg bók um sögu uppbyggingar kjarnorkuvopnabúnaðar bandaríkjamanna. Það fer sannarlega kaldur hrollur um mann við að lesa frásögn Schlossers af stöðugum mistökum, óhöppum og vítaverðu gáleysi við kjarnorkuvopnin. Margoft virðist heppnin ein hafa komið í veg fyrir að kjarnorku- og vetnissprengjur spryngju í Bandaríkjunum og víðar.
Þrátt fyrir heillandi efni þá fór uppsetning bókarinnar í taugarnar á mér því Schlosser flakkaði fram og til baka í tímanum þegar hann var að reyna að gera línulega frásögn af sögu vígbúnaðarkapphlaupsins og öryggisráðstafana því tengdu annars vegar og hins vegar segja frá því í gegnum ítarlega viðtöl þegar öflugasta eldflaug bandaríkjamanna sprakk með vetnissprengju á jörðu niðri. ( )
  SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
I started this book in February, and had to set it aside once the school musical hit full-speed and the end of the school year consumed me. It gets a bit slow in the middle, but once it hits the Cuban missile crisis, it was hard to put down.

After reading the first 80 pages, I sent an email to Schlosser's publisher, thanking him for writing the book. My dad was a missilier in the Air Force, and I never had a clue what he did. I've always been proud of my dad's Air Force career, but this book exponentially increased that pride. I had no clue the danger he endured every time he pulled an alert or stepped on a plane. In fact, I remember when the 1st Gulf War began, how comforted I felt that my dad was commanding a missile squadron and couldn't be deployed, as if he was somehow completely protected from danger at the missile silos.

Never getting rid of this book--it will become an artifact of our family history (much like Fiddler on the Roof is for my mom's side of the family). Anyone with a fleeting interest in nuclear weaponry or the Cold War (a war that doesn't get nearly the respect or recognition it deserves) has to read this book. Totally worth the time, even if it takes five months to finish it. ( )
  ms_rowse | Jan 1, 2022 |
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