The Limits of Safety: Organizations, Accidents, and Nuclear Weapons

The Limits of Safety: Organizations, Accidents, and Nuclear Weapons

by Scott Douglas Sagan
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691021015

ISBN-13: 9780691021010

Pub. Date: 01/09/1995

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691021010
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/09/1995
Series:
Princeton Studies in International History and Politics Series
Pages:
302
Sales rank:
807,906
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.27(h) x 0.80(d)

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

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