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Reviews

  • A work with the multi-layered density of an ambitiously conceived novel

    John Lloyd, Financial Times
  • Command and Control is how non-fiction should be written ... By a miracle of information management, Schlosser has synthesized a huge archive of material, including government reports, scientific papers, and a substantial historical and polemical literature on nukes, and transformed it into a crisp narrative covering more than fifty years of scientific and political change. And he has interwoven that narrative with a hair-raising, minute-by-minute account of an accident at a Titan II missile silo in Arkansas, in 1980, which he renders in the manner of a techno-thriller

    New Yorker
  • The strength of Schlosser's writing derives from his ability to carry a wealth of startling detail on a confident narrative path

    Ed Pilkington, Guardian
  • Disquieting but riveting ... fascinating ... Schlosser's readers (and he deserves a great many) will be struck by how frequently the people he cites attribute the absence of accidental explosions and nuclear war to divine intervention or sheer luck rather than to human wisdom and skill. Whatever was responsible, we will clearly need many more of it in the years to come

    Walter Russell Mead, New York Times
  • Reads like a thriller ... A fascinating read and a gripping one

    Justin Webb
  • [Praise for Eric Schlosser]:

    He tells us things we already suspect to be true, but don't dare think about

    Daily Telegraph
  • Eric Schlosser may be the Upton Sinclair for this age ... He has a flair for dazzling scene-setting and an arsenal of startling facts

    Los Angeles Times
  • Schlosser's reportage is as good as it gets

    GQ
  • My vote is for Eric Schlosser's Command and Control. Do you really want to read about the thermonuclear warheads that are still aimed at the city where you live? Do you really need to know about the appalling security issues that have dogged nuclear weapons in the 70 years since their invention? Yes, you do. Schlosser's book reads like a thriller, but it's masterfully even-handed, well researched, and well organised. Either he's a natural genius at integrating massive amounts of complex information, or he worked like a dog to write this book. You wouldn't think the prospect of nuclear apocalypse would make for a reading treat, but in Schlosser's hands it does

    Jonathan Franzen, Guardian, Books of the Year

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