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    DescriptionIn the spirit of "Dr. Strangelove" and "The Atomic Cafe," a blackly sardonic people's history of atomic blunders and near-misses revealing the hushed-up and forgotten episodes in which the great powers gambled with catastrophe Rudolph Herzog, the acclaimed author of "Dead Funny," presents a devastating account of history's most irresponsible uses of nuclear technology. From the rarely-discussed nightmare of "Broken Arrows" (40 nuclear weapons lost during the Cold War) to "Operation Plowshare" (a proposal to use nuclear bombs for large engineering projects, such as a the construction of a second Panama Canal using 300 H-Bombs), Herzog focuses in on long-forgotten nuclear projects that nearly led to disaster. In an unprecedented people's history, Herzog digs deep into archives, interviews nuclear scientists, and collects dozens of rare photos. He explores the "accidental" drop of a Nagasaki-type bomb on a train conductor's home, the implanting of plutonium into patients' hearts, and the invention of wild tactical nukes, including weapons designed to kill enemy astronauts. Told in a riveting narrative voice, Herzog--the son of filmmaker Werner Herzog--also draws on childhood memories of the final period of the Cold War in Germany, the country once seen as the nuclear battleground for NATO and the Warsaw Pact countries, and discusses evidence that Nazi scientists knew how to make atomic weaponry . . . and chose not to.

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    A Short History of Nuclear Folly
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rudolph Herzog
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 254
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    ISBN 13: 9781612191737
    ISBN 10: 1612191738

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
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    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: RNQ
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    BISAC V2.8: TEC056000, POL011000
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    BISAC V2.8: TEC028000, POL044000, HIS027030
    B&T Approval Code: A44522560
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    B&T Approval Code: A53753020
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    DC23: 363.179909
    DC22: 363.179909
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    DC22: 363.17/9909
    LC classification: TK9152 .H4713 2013
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    Thema V1.0: NHB, TBX, THK, RNQ
    Illustrations note
    colour illustrations
    Melville House Publishing
    Imprint name
    Melville House Publishing
    Publication date
    30 April 2013
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    Author Information
    Rudolph Herzog is the author of "Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler's Germany." His documentary on humor in the Third Reich, "Laughing with Hitler," scored top audience ratings on German Channel 1 and was also broadcast on the BBC. He is the son of the celebrated filmmaker Werner Herzog. A documentary by Rudolph Herzog based on "A Short History of Nuclear Folly" will be released in 2014. Jefferson Chase is one of the foremost translators of German history. He has translated Wolfgang Schivelbusch, Thomas Mann, and Gotz Aly, among many other writers.
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    Praise for "A Short History of Nuclear Folly " "The author and son of filmmaker Werner Herzog presents a sardonic, little-known history of misguided, accidental and irresponsible uses of nuclear technology." 
 --"Los Angeles Times" "Shocking and vitally important." 
 --"Publishers Weekly " "Unflinching . . . Herzog's use of the word 'folly' is an under-statement." " --The Village Voice ""It is arguably not possible to imagine human stupidity on a grander scale than what Rudolph Herzog has stockpiled in his new book." " --The Brooklyn Rail ""A well-written, if tragic, account of how little nuclear weapons testers knew or were willing to account for." " --Vice ""Amusing . . . interesting and occasionally eye-popping." " --Survival "(The Journal of the International Institute for Strategic Studies)" ""Herzog's study is a shocking and vitally important reminder that we live in an unsteady nuclear age." " --Publishers Weekly ""Looks at the seriocomic side of the history of nuclear experimentation after WWII . . . Alternately funny and scary but overall mostly scary, the book reminds us just how frightening the Cold War really was." " --Booklist ""Darkly funny low points in our nuclear past as well . . . more of-the-moment prognostications of what we can expect from our nuclear neighbors." " --Toronto Star ""For a book about such a heavy subject, "A Short History of Nuclear Folly," keeps it quick and snappy and, dare I say, entertaining."" --Philadelphia Review of Books ""An eclectic, innovative approach to the bureaucratization of creativity during the Cold War." " --The Los Angeles Review of Books ""Meticulously researched and thrillingly told--reading this is as informative as it is spine-chillingly entertaining." " --Die Zeit ""A haunting and well phrased warning." " --Focus Online " "Rudolph Herzog's collection of the moste