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ubiq Staff Pick! by TammyEric Schlosser's first book "Fast Food Nation" made us re-examine our love-affair with convenience food and the McDonaldisation of the world. In Command and Control Schlosser turns his formidable investigative skills to the unbelievable and often terrifying history of nuclear weapons. Covering events from the hand-assembly of the first atomic bomb, held together with duct-tape; through to today's modern, computer-guided weapons; Schlosser weaves together a brilliantly researched narrative. Historically important events are interspersed with a harrowing account of the missile malfunction at Damascus, Arkansas in 1980, although the most chilling and haunting moments come from the attitudes of the military and government in regard to human collateral.
Cleverly written and engaging, I could not stop reading Command and Control as my disbelief and horrified amazement continued to grow. A bomb falls out of a plane and detonates in the front yard of a family home - and the stories just get worse.
This account of close-calls and mishaps with weapons of mass destruction will leave you marvelling at humankind's inexplicable continuing survival. Fair warning: You may never sleep again!"
Publication date: 2013-09-25
Number of pages: 656
Subjects: Non-fiction, Humanities, Politics, Nuclear Weapons, Staff Picks, By Tammy