A Short History of Nuclear Folly
In the spirit of Dr. Strangelove and The Atomic Café, a blackly sardonic people’s background of atomic mistakes and near-misses revealing the hushed-up and forgotten episodes during which the good powers gambled with catastrophe
Rudolph Herzog, the acclaimed writer of Dead Funny, provides a devastating account of history’s so much irresponsible makes use of of nuclear expertise. From the rarely-discussed nightmare of “Broken Arrows” (40 nuclear guns misplaced throughout the chilly battle) to “Operation Plowshare” (a thought to exploit nuclear bombs for giant engineering tasks, akin to a the development of a moment Panama Canal utilizing three hundred H-Bombs), Herzog focuses in on long-forgotten nuclear initiatives that almost resulted in disaster.
In an unheard of people’s heritage, Herzog digs deep into data, interviews nuclear scientists, and collects dozens of infrequent pictures. He explores the “accidental” drop of a Nagasaki-type bomb on a educate conductor’s domestic, the implanting of plutonium into sufferers’ hearts, and the discovery of untamed tactical nukes, together with guns designed to kill enemy astronauts.
Told in a riveting narrative voice, Herzog—the son of filmmaker Werner Herzog—also attracts on adolescence stories of the ultimate period of the chilly battle in Germany, the rustic as soon as noticeable because the nuclear battleground for NATO and the Warsaw Pact international locations, and discusses facts that Nazi scientists knew how one can make atomic weaponry . . . and selected no longer to.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Super-weapons as a deterrent to the pink peril. He used to be usually mocked as a real-life Dr. Strangelove, the mad scientist portrayed via Peter within the Stanley Kubrick movie of an identical identify. Hatred of Communism used to be the driver in Teller’s existence, his one actual consistent. Teller was once super bold, obdurate, and ruthless while it got here to attaining his goals. He used to be one of many first humans to understand the large damaging strength of nuclear fusion, an identical technique during which the solar.
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To plans made by means of basic electrical within the Sixties. defense necessities had taken account of attainable earthquakes and tsunamis, yet no longer the truth that serious earthquakes and tsunamis might ensue jointly. the industrial viability of the ability took priority. therefore each person used to be stuck off-guard. A ordinary catastrophe of the type that used to be visited on coastal Japan in 2011 may perhaps in basic terms take place as soon as in a century, yet in a quarter so seismically energetic, humans must have been ready for whatever. way more.