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By Rudolph Herzog,Jefferson Chase

In the spirit of Dr. Strangelove and The Atomic Café, a blackly sardonic people’s background of atomic errors 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 know-how. From the rarely-discussed nightmare of “Broken Arrows” (40 nuclear guns misplaced throughout the chilly struggle) to “Operation Plowshare” (a inspiration to exploit nuclear bombs for big engineering tasks, resembling a the development of a moment Panama Canal utilizing three hundred H-Bombs), Herzog focuses in on long-forgotten nuclear tasks that just about ended in disaster.

In an unparalleled people’s historical past, Herzog digs deep into records, interviews nuclear scientists, and collects dozens of infrequent images. He explores the “accidental” drop of a Nagasaki-type bomb on a teach 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 youth thoughts of the ultimate period of the chilly battle in Germany, the rustic as soon as obvious because the nuclear battleground for NATO and the Warsaw Pact nations, and discusses facts that Nazi scientists knew the right way to make atomic weaponry . . . and selected no longer to.

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