By Eric Schlosser
The New Yorker
Excellent... a hair-raising, minute-by-minute account of an coincidence at a Titan II missile silo in Arkansas, in 1980, which [Schlosser] renders within the demeanour of a techno-thriller Command and Control is how nonfiction could be written.” (Louis Menand)
Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to discover secrets and techniques in regards to the administration of America’s nuclear arsenal. A ground-breaking account of injuries, near-misses, impressive heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the challenge that has existed because the sunrise of the nuclear age: how do you set up guns of mass destruction with out being destroyed by means of them? that query hasn't ever been resolved--and Schlosser finds how the combo of human fallibility and technological complexity nonetheless poses a grave threat to mankind.
Written with the vibrancy of a main mystery, Command and Control interweaves the minute-by-minute tale of an coincidence at a nuclear missile silo in rural Arkansas with a ancient narrative that spans greater than fifty years. It depicts the pressing attempt by means of American scientists, policymakers, and armed forces officials to make sure that nuclear guns can’t be stolen, sabotaged, used with no permission, or detonated inadvertently. Schlosser additionally seems on the chilly struggle from a brand new viewpoint, supplying background from the floor up, telling the tales of bomber pilots, missile commanders, upkeep crews, and different traditional servicemen who risked their lives to avoid a nuclear holocaust. on the center of the booklet lies the fight, amid the rolling hills and small farms of Damascus, Arkansas, to avoid the explosion of a ballistic missile sporting the main strong nuclear warhead ever equipped via the United States.
Drawing on lately declassified files and interviews with males who designed and repeatedly handled nuclear guns, Command and regulate takes readers right into a terrifying yet attention-grabbing global that, in the past, has been mostly hidden from view. during the information of a unmarried twist of fate, Schlosser illustrates how an not going occasion can turn into unavoidable, how small hazards could have poor results, and the way the main fantastic minds within the state can in simple terms offer us with an phantasm of control. Audacious, gripping, and unforgettable, Command and keep an eye on is a journey de strength of investigative journalism, an eye-opening examine the risks of America’s nuclear age.
A devastatingly lucid and particular new background of nuclear guns within the U.S. fascinating.” (Lev Grossman)
So incontrovertibly correct and so damnably readable... a paintings with the multilayered density of an ambitiously conceived novel Schlosser has performed what journalism does at its best."
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