Command and Control : Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety
by Eric Schlosser
Editor: Penguin Books
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The Command and Control documentary, directed by Robert Kenner, has its origins in Eric Schlosser’s book and continues to explore the little-known history of the management and security of nuclear aresenal America.The documentary will be aired on the PBS channel of the American Experience on January 10.A myth-the ginning exposed of America’s nuclear weapons Famous investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover the secrets of America’s nuclear arsenal managementA revolutionary idea in account of accidents, near-accidents, the extraordinary, heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How did you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by themThis question has never been resolved–and Schlosser reveals how man’s combination is fallible and technical complexity always poses a serious risk to humanityWhile the misdeeds of global warming increasingly dominate the news, the equally dangerous even more immediate threat of nuclear weapons has been largely forgottenWritten with the dynamism of an early thriller, Command and Control rate blends the minute-by-minute story of an accident at a nuclear missile silo in rural Arkansas with a historical account spanning more than fifty yearsIt represents the urgent effort by American scientists, policy makers and military officers to ensure that nuclear weapons cannot be stolen, sabotaged, used without authorization, or inadvertently operatedSchlosser is also interested in the Cold War from a new perspective, offering the history of the earth, telling the stories of bombers pilots, missile commanders, maintenance crews, and other military personnel who risked their lives to avoid a nuclear holocaustAt the heart of the book is the struggle, amid the hills and small farms, of Damascus, Arkansas, to prevent the explosion of an accounting ballistic missile the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United Nations.
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