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
I thought the book was excellent but the Narrator seemed awkward narrating this title. I would recommend this title to anyone that has interest in the Cold War arms race. Very informative and interesting.
If you're interested in nuclear history and a little nuclear present and future, then this is a must read. However, the most captivating aspect of this book is the personal experiences of the people affected by the nuclear arms race. Read and be educated and moved!
Missiles are dangerous and the upper command was unable to understand the danger.
The incompetence of the military.
Schlosser provides a deep and definitive dive into the U.S.'s history of nuclear weapons. Definitely recommend for anyone interested in that area!
Scott Brick brings this wide scoped book about the nuclear weapon accident in Arkansas and the history of military command and control of nuclear weapons to life. It's a subject that could be dry, but instead it proceeds almost as a techno thriller, and hearing Scott Brick read it brings the subject and characters to life, just as they are when he reads a Jack Ryan novel.
Definitely worth listening to. Though I'm now convinced the world didn't end only out of shear luck our divine grace.
The accident at the Damascus Titan launch site made a great "vehicle" for reviewing the scope of American nuclear policy and the technical evolution of atomic and thermonuclear weapons.
Schlosser's accounts of the numerous accidents with nuclear weapons was thrilling, and the inspiring efforts of several civil servants to increase the level of safety of existing thermonuclear weapons was compelling stuff too.
I have heard Scott Brick many times at audible, but I believe this has been his best presentation so far. For a topic as potentially distressing as this one, his voice seems to add a bit calm without detracting from or dulling the source text.
Most folks should feel lucky and a little apprehensive after listening to this book.
This book is a little long, but it is well worth the time investment.
If this is how United States couldn't handle their nuclear weapons, I wonder how other countries are failing to handle their's and how many accidents that they are having. It just seems like the United States just decided to build bombs and without any safety procedures. It is truly shocking. Leaves me wondering what the hell is going on in Putins lawless Russia & their nuclear weapons. This book will shock & surprise, but mostly scare the Bee-Jesus out of you.
The stories were amazing. Its truely terrifying to think about the destructive potential of the weapons hidden next door. Its eye opening and might keep readers up at night. I highly recomend this book!
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