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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 mistakes and near-misses revealing the hushed-up and forgotten episodes within which the good powers gambled with catastrophe

Rudolph Herzog, the acclaimed writer of Dead Funny, provides a devastating account of history’s such a lot irresponsible makes use of of nuclear expertise. From the rarely-discussed nightmare of “Broken Arrows” (40 nuclear guns misplaced in the course of the chilly struggle) to “Operation Plowshare” (a thought to take advantage of nuclear bombs for giant engineering initiatives, 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 ended in disaster.

In an unheard of people’s heritage, Herzog digs deep into documents, interviews nuclear scientists, and collects dozens of infrequent photographs. 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 formative years thoughts of the ultimate period of the chilly struggle in Germany, the rustic as soon as visible because the nuclear battleground for NATO and the Warsaw Pact international locations, and discusses proof that Nazi scientists knew how one can make atomic weaponry . . . and selected now not to.

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