List of Figures and Tables Ch. 1The Origins of Accidents Ch. 2Nuclear Weapons Safety during the Cuban Missile Crisis Ch. 3Intelligence and Warning during the Cuban Missile Crisis Ch. 4Redundancy and Reliability: The 1968 Thule Bomber Accident Ch. 5Learning by Trial and Terror Ch. 6The Limits of Safety Index.
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This study argues that, unless the governments of developed countries radically change their posture on nuclear weapons, a serious accident will eventually occur. The author challenges the safety record of post-Cold War nuclear arsenals and reveals a history of dangerous incidents. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
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 apparent 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. (source: Nielsen Book Data)