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Another similar book is Command And Control by Eric Schlosser.

It goes into a lot of detail about how nuclear weapons and their control systems evolved. Covers a number of accidents and near apocalypses along the way. One of my favorite books of the last decade, informative and very readable at the same time.


Just came across this as well on today's fp:


Amazing book, although terrifying. In a similar vein is "The Doomsday Machine", Daniel Ellsberg. Reading this in conjunction with C&C will truly make you appreciate the insane run of luck we have had as a species in avoiding nuclear catastrophe (so far).

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