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On September 18th, 1980, an accident involving an airman inadvertently dropping a single socket narrowly missed creating a nuclear catastrophe on American soil. That little-known Arkansas incident serves as an entry point for this jolting new examination by versatile investigative journalist and author Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation; Reefer Madness). Command and Control shows how Cold War priorities, pervasive secrecy and public ignorance about the volatility of radioactive material have led to an false illusions of safety. This call for awareness is strengthened by recently declassified government records and interviews with military leaders and others at the "peace time" front lines.