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Environmental tragedies such as Chernobyl and the Exxon Valdez remind us that catastrophic accidents are always possible in a world full of hazardous technologies. Yet, the apparently excellent safety record with nuclear weapons has led scholars, policy-makers, and the public alike to believe that nuclear arsenals can serve as a secure deterrent for the foreseeable future. In this provocative book, Scott Sagan challenges such optimism. Sagan's research into formerly classified archives penetrates the veil of safety that has surrounded U.S. nuclear weapons and reveals a hidden history of frightening "close calls" to disaster.

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"Important and refreshing . . . ranges from the general theory of accidents to how-to-do-it suggestions for any nation's nuclear planners. It is a skilful blending of social, physical, organizational and military science and is highly recommended to readers in all four fields."--David L. Sills, Nature

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Environmental tragedies such as Chernobyl and the Exxon Valdez remind us that catastrophic accidents are always possible in a world full of hazardous technologies. Yet, the apparently excellent safety record with nuclear weapons has led scholars, policy-makers, and the public alike to believe that nuclear arsenals can serve as a secure deterrent for the foreseeable future. In this provocative book, Scott Sagan challenges such optimism. Sagan's research into formerly classified archives penetrates the veil of safety that has surrounded U.S. nuclear weapons and reveals a hidden history of frightening "close calls" to disaster.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms
Introduction: Expecting the Unexpected3
Ch. 1The Origins of Accidents11
Ch. 2Nuclear Weapons Safety during the Cuban Missile Crisis53
Ch. 3Intelligence and Warning during the Cuban Missile Crisis117
Ch. 4Redundancy and Reliability: The 1968 Thule Bomber Accident156
Ch. 5Learning by Trial and Terror204
Ch. 6The Limits of Safety250
Index281

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691021010
Subtitle:
Organizations, Accidents, and Nuclear Weapons
Author:
Sagan, Scott D.
Author:
Sagan, Scott Douglas
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
History, theory and practice
Subject:
Safety measures
Subject:
Safety
Subject:
Arms Control
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century/Nuclear Age
Subject:
Accidents
Subject:
Nuclear weapons
Subject:
International Relations - Arms Control
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
American history
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Nuclear weapons -- United States.
Subject:
Nuclear weapons - United States - Accidents
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Studies in International History and Politics Paperback
Publication Date:
February 1995
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 figs. 5 tables
Pages:
302
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 16 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "Important and refreshing . . . ranges from the general theory of accidents to how-to-do-it suggestions for any nation's nuclear planners. It is a skilful blending of social, physical, organizational and military science and is highly recommended to readers in all four fields."--David L. Sills, Nature
"Synopsis" by , Environmental tragedies such as Chernobyl and the Exxon Valdez remind us that catastrophic accidents are always possible in a world full of hazardous technologies. Yet, the apparently excellent safety record with nuclear weapons has led scholars, policy-makers, and the public alike to believe that nuclear arsenals can serve as a secure deterrent for the foreseeable future. In this provocative book, Scott Sagan challenges such optimism. Sagan's research into formerly classified archives penetrates the veil of safety that has surrounded U.S. nuclear weapons and reveals a hidden history of frightening "close calls" to disaster.
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