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Unfortunately, the command and control of americas nuclear weapons has been far from 100% perfect, as investigative journalist eric schlosser points out in his latest book command and control. He avoids the twin traps of falling into antinuclear polemicism or of writing military techno porn and the resulting impeccable balance and avoidance of sharpening axes magnifies the books impact. This book digs deeper and contains a bunch of nuclearrelated accidents i had never heard of before. Eric schlosser takes the most destructive and scary nuclear accident in american history and uses it as a needle to thread a narrative about the sloppiness and inflexibility of americas nuclear weapons program that almost guaranteed that nuclear weapons accidents were fated to occur. Browsing the book bin at costco is dangerous, especially when you walk out the door with a 640 page tomb. Author of command and control discusses recent incidents involving those responsible for the us nuclear arsenal published. Review of command and control by eric schlosser youtube. A history of false alarms and near catastrophes eric schlosser, author of fast food nation, spent six years researching americas nuclear weapons. Eric schlosser examines the history of nuclear risk, including many accidents. Act that listed more than a thousand nuclear weapons accidents just from. According to a new book by the author eric schlosser. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read command and control. Eric schlosser examines the history of nuclear risk, including many accidents and neardisasters. Eric matthew schlosser born august 17, 1959 is an american journalist and author known for his investigative journalism, such as in his books fast food nation 2001, reefer madness 2003, and command and control.
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Schlossers book command and control includes the story of one of americas most serious nuclear accidents, caused by an officer who accidentally dropped a socket wrench during routine. But ultimately im not trying to tell people what to do. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading command and control. Nuclear weapons, the damascus accident, and the illusion of safety is a 20 nonfiction book by eric schlosser about the history of. Eric schlosser, author of fast food nation, spent six years. Eric schlosser is the author of the new york times bestsellers fast food nation and reefer madness. Eric schlosser has written a book which should be read by everybody.
Bestselling author and investigative journalist eric schlosser in his new book, command and control pictured above, makes use of declassified accident reports and personal interviews to reveal the fullhistory of u. Nuclear weapons, the damascus accident, and the illusion of safety, eric schlosser casts light on the largely hidden world of americas atomic arsenal, combining. Eric schlosser is most famous for fast food nation 2000. Nuclear weapons, the damascus incident, and the illusion of safety penguin press. Command and control, by eric schlosser the new york times. Hydrogen bomb almost detonated in north carolina in 1961. Nuclear weapons, the damascus accident, and the illusion of safety. Incidents schlosser discusses in the book include the 1980 damascus titan missile explosion and the 1961 goldsboro b52 crash.
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 famed investigative journalist eric schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of americas nuclear arsenal. The oscarshortlisted documentary command and control, directed by robert kenner, finds its origins in eric schlossers book and continues to explore the littleknown history of the management and safety concerns of americas nuclear aresenal. Eric schlosser and the illusion of nuclear weapons safety. In the incident schlosser describes in greatest detail, the damascus. Unlike print books, digital books are subject to vat. The author of a new book on atomic weapons, eric schlosser, believes its lucky civilizations still exist since many nuclear accidents during. Command and control, a new book by eric schlosser, explores the. A titan 2 missile, as seen in command and control pbs the night we almost lost arkansas a 1980 nuclear armageddon that almost was author eric schlosser and filmmaker robert kenner on the. Nuclear weapons, the damascus accident, and the illusion of safety 9780143125785 by schlosser, eric and a great selection of similar new, used and collectible books available now at great prices. Eric schlosser describes command and control as a cold war book told through the eyes of.
Nuclear weapons, the damascus accident, and the illusion of safety is a 20 nonfiction book by eric schlosser about the history of nuclear weapons systems in the united states. Get the best of the new yorker in your inbox every day. Like that book, his new one aims to pierce a false sense of comfort, in this case the. Eric schlosser on the legacy of nuclear mishaps cbc radio. This is a solid set of anecdotes about atomic accidents. During the cold war, nuclear bombs fell out of the sky, burned up in plane crashes and were lost at sea. Fast food nation author will return with book on nuclear weapons. In military talk this sort of thing is known as a broken arrow, an accident involving nuclear weapons that falls short of causing risk of war, and schlossers book is. Eric schlosser and the illusion of nuclear weapons safety the. Nuclear weapons, the damascus accident, and the illusion of safety ebook written by eric schlosser. The book, command and control, examines the efforts of the military, since the atomic era began during world war ii, to prevent nuclear weapons from being stolen. Nuclear weapons, the damascus accident, and the illusion of. Every nucleartipped missile is an accident waiting to. Because nuclear power and nuclear bombs are so fantastical and have a semimystical quality to them, these sorts of anecdotes tend to be told over and over again in popular culture.
This is a book about the many, many times the world has come this close to nuclear armageddon and somehow, eric schlosser has managed to make it a. Fukushima 2011, three mile island 1979, and chernobyl 1986 authoritative coverage of radiation releases and effects. The author takes the story of the 1980 accident in the missile launch complex 3747 in arkansas. With his book on nuclear weapons, eric schlosser proves himself a leading bard of technological folly. If we dont slash our nuclear arsenal, a major city is going to be destroyed author eric schlosser on americas terrifying history of atomic mishaps. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets.
Eric schlosser moves from big macs to nuclear accidents. In the autumn of 1999 eric schlosser was invited to vandenberg air force base. Author says dod underreported nuclearweapon accidents. Nuclear weapons, the damascus accident, and the illusion of safety ala notable books for adults kindle edition by schlosser, eric. You have to read eric schlossers brilliant, hairraising book on americas nuclear mishaps his sixyear investigation will scare the daylights out of you. Government, nuclear regulatory commission nrc, et al. One of the themes of my book is about how we are so much better at. In his gripping new book command and control, eric schlosser shows that the united states has often relied on what he calls the illusion of. Complete guide to the three worst nuclear power plant accidents. None the less this was excellent and consumed it greedily. Eric schlosser on the secret history of americas nuclear arsenal in a new book, the fast food nation author investigates the.28 1341 1002 1108 1430 363 1455 1196 645 1488 237 1540 992 878 1344 957 942 727 920 687 382 322 444 1548 1212 868 1335 47 1058 1390 537 1157 369 174 698 1079 1156 123 890 823 66 944 1295 1445 1341 246 270 664