The Nukes of Hazard: America’s Unstable love affair with the bomb

Command and Control, books

Review of Command and Control by Eric Schlosser

The reader’s mind reels as we go through the dangers of political control breaking down in a conflict, the illusion that tactical nuclear weapons could be used in a conventional war without sparking a conflagration, the fallibility of computer systems, the risk of a rogue pilot or general starting a war on his own and the inability of American and Soviet leaders to talk to each other until well into the 1970s.

“We escaped the cold war without a nuclear holocaust by some combination of skill, luck and divine intervention, and I suspect the latter in greatest proportion,” said General George Lee Butler of the US strategic air command.

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