By Rudolph Herzog
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 nice powers gambled with catastrophe
Rudolph Herzog, the acclaimed writer of Dead Funny, offers a devastating account of history’s so much 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 suggestion to exploit nuclear bombs for giant engineering tasks, corresponding 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 unparalleled people’s background, 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 patients’ 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 early life thoughts of the ultimate period of the chilly struggle in Germany, the rustic as soon as obvious because the nuclear battleground for NATO and the Warsaw Pact international locations, and discusses proof that Nazi scientists knew the right way to make atomic weaponry . . . and selected to not.
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A Short History of Nuclear Folly by Rudolph Herzog