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Command and Control Audiobook

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

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A myth-shattering exposé of America's nuclear weapons.

Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. 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? 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. While the harms of global warming increasingly dominate the news, the equally dangerous yet more immediate threat of nuclear weapons has been largely forgotten.

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 50 years. It depicts the urgent effort by American scientists, policy makers, 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 people 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.

©2013 Eric Schlosser (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Well written and superbly spoken! Long but well worth the time it took to understand the nuclear defense of the Western world.

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    amazing book. absolutely terrifying information. a must read for anyone interested in the cold war and the strategic air command.

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    Learned a ton about nuclear weapons and the cold war. Interesting structure but maybe too much detail in the main accident story.

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    loved it. addictive like few non fiction books. even as a cold war buff there was a great deal of information I didn't know. the author never grinds his politics in and does a great job capturing the feel of the different eras.

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    If you could sum up Command and Control in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing facts about the history of nuclear weapons and the hard way of learning about it's safety. It is unbelievable and scary how lucky we were all been


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    One of my all time favorites. I've listened to it a dozen times and am always amazed. Just so well done!!!!!

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    Though it was getting long toward the end, it was as long as it needed to be and gave great insight into the great difficulty in managing the safety and use of nuclear weapons without any clear agenda, which is refreshing. well written and well read.

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    "Informative, well researched and thought provoking"

    Narrator did a good job. The audio book contained many topics related to nuclear weapons that most people probably never knew about. I was not disappointed as I am now more informed for listening.

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    Great history of how we've almost blown ourselves up countless times since we first got the bomb. The last two hours were a struggle to get through.

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    A complete data rich record of the history of nuclear weapons and the scientists, soldiers, and politicians who've made and managed them over the 50+ years of their lifetime.

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