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Article posted: 10/8/2013 6:00 AM

Author traces harrowing U.S. nuclear near-misses

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


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In 1961, a B-52 went into an uncontrolled spin above North Carolina, sending a pair of hydrogen bombs plunging toward the ground. The firing sequence initiated in one bomb, as one safety mechanism after another failed. The only thing that prevented the 4-megaton thermonuclear bomb from exploding was one final mechanism that remained in the safe position. The gripping account is one of many harrowing tales recounted by Eric Schlosser in "Command and Control."
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