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This review is from: Command and Control (Kindle Edition)
This is a very remarkable book. How successive US governments have allowed so much damning information to get into the public domain is a mystery since the book utterly damns their record in handling nuclear weapons.
Schlosser demonstrates beyond any possible doubt that nuclear weapons systems are too complex for human beings to control even when not at war. Equally terrifying is his clear demonstration that, when senior military men and politicians are given clear evidence of unsafe weapons, they just refuse to take action.
The book details accident after accident and gives precise information of design flaws that render weapons unsafe and Schlosser demonstrates the near impossibility of people being able to make informed decisions should a real nuclear attack occur. All in all this book shows that the American military and politicians are just fooling themselves if they think they are in command and have control over their weapons.
From around 1960 to 1980 I endlessly feared a nuclear war by choice. Now, in our more stable east-west climate, I now see that we should be worried about a nuclear war by incompetence.
A very worrying book.