Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of SafetyRead about the other books on the list.
by Eric Schlosser
Americans were well aware of the threat of nuclear warfare during the twentieth century, but few know today how close our country came to destruction -- all because of simple human error on our own soil. Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, takes a close and unsettling look at the precarious nature of our nation’s radioactive arsenal, and finds countless examples of nuclear accidents and close calls whose resolution suggests unbelievable luck, rather than any human skill or sound judgment.
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