This review originally appeared on GoodReads…

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of SafetyCommand and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I ran out of stars to rate this book. It should have been a 10 star review, easily. This book should be studied in schools. It should be mandatory reading for all adults anywhere in the world.

This is a story of fallibility, human inanity, foibles of technology/machines, and the total mind-blowing insanity of the nuclear arms race and the Cold War of the post WWII era.

Eric Schlosser is an extremely talented writer. This was a page-turner, even though it wasn’t some Stephen King horror thriller. It was worse. It was a true story of horror; a horror that could have ultimately meant the total and complete end of humanity and most other species of life on this rock we call Earth. And the real scary thing… it’s still a possibility.

Schlosser did an outstanding job of researching the material for this book. When you read it, as you most definitely should, do NOT skip the Afterword, Notes, or the excellent Bibliography included in the back of the book.

Take a moment from your silly little online social networking, soccer practice, bowling with the boys life and READ THIS BOOK. What you don’t know can most definitely hurt you. I guarantee you’ll be astounded, amazed, and extremely disturbed by this book.

It has a somewhat happy ending (for now, anyway). It’s happy because I’m still here to write about it and you’re still here to read this. Tomorrow? No one really knows…

Also, you can watch the very well made documentary on American Experience (PBS) that was based on this book. Note, though… the documentary is nowhere near as detailed or complete as the book. The documentary is primarily concerned with the Damascus Accident. The book has much more to say.

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About V. T. Eric Layton

vtel57, Nocturnal Slacker

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