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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Defusing Armageddon by Jeffrey T. Richelson reveals the history of the Nuclear Emergency Support Team, from the events leading to its creation in to today. Defusing Armageddon provides a behind-the-scenes look at NEST’s personnel, operations, and detection and disablement equipment–employed in response to attempts at nuclear extortion, lost and stolen nuclear material, crashed nuclear-powe Jeffrey T.
Defusing Armageddon provides a behind-the-scenes look at NEST’s personnel, operations, and detection and disablement equipment–employed in response to attempts amageddon nuclear extortion, lost and stolen nuclear material, crashed nuclear-powered Soviet satellites, and al Qaeda’s quest for nuclear weapons.
Relying on recently declassified documents and interviews with former NEST arnageddon, Richelson’s extensive research reveals how NEST defusingg during the Cold War, how the agency has evolved, and its current efforts to reduce the chance of a nuclear device decimating an American city. Hardcoverarmagdedon. Published February 2nd by W. Norton Company first published January 5th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Defusing Armageddon: Inside NEST, America’s Secret Nuclear Bomb Squad by Jeffrey T. Richelson
Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Oct 21, Ushan rated it liked it Shelves: In OctoberGeorge Orwell wrote an article on the recently invented atomic bomb, saying that “the question that is of most aramgeddon interest to all of us” is “How difficult are these things to manufacture?
The letter included a sketch of the bomb’s design; Orlando police showed it to an armament officer at an Air Force base a few miles away, who said that it would work; Stanislaw Ulam, a co-inventor of the hydrogen bomb, thought so too.
The ransom was to be delivered to a vacant house; a year-old boy was observed mowing the lawn of the house; he was arrested and confessed. The judge put him on probation under the supervision of two scientists, so his talents could develop in a positive direction, not in a negative armagecdon as they would in jail.
In the coming years there were dozens of such threats, almost all of them hoaxes, though the authorities had no way of knowing that. A contractor at a General Electric uranium plant in Wilmington, North Carolina, was no hoaxer; inhe stole 67 kilos of uranium and tried to blackmail the management; he got 15 years of prison.
In order to deal with such threats, the Nuclear Emergency Search Team was formed within the Department of Energy; later the “Search” was changed to “Support”. The team has been investigating threats and participating in exercises ever since, with ever more sophisticated equipment. Ina Soviet nuclear-powered satellite crashed over northern Canada; the team searched over a wide area which had naturally radioactive outcroppings of uranium, which complicated the search and found many chunks of the satellite.
Inthe Secretary of Homeland Security was concerned that Al-Qaeda might explode a dirty bomb, and ordered the team to look for radiation sources through U. In Las Vegas, it found radiation coming from a unit in a storage facility.
Just as G-men were about to break into the unit, a homeless man who was the unit’s owner stepped in and opened it; his duffel bag had a cigar-sized sealed radium pellet used to treat uterine cancer; it had remained in the man’s pillow for three years since he found the shiny stainless-steel object, being unaware of its purpose.
There are hundreds of thousands of such radiation sources in the United States, and apparently not all are disposed of properly. There are also hundreds of tons of highly enriched uranium and plutonium throughout the world; inintruders broke into South Africa’s main nuclear facility, which holds several bombs’ worth of uranium; though they didn’t steal anything, they were not found. Opinions are divided as to whether a terrorist nuclear attack is likely; even if unlikely, it would be fantastically costly.
So NEST is training to prevent such an attack, and mitigate its consequences if it takes place.
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Jan 10, Graham rated it liked it Shelves: Richelson makes a good effort here, but part of the problem with both the book and the narrative of the Nuclear Emergency Search Team NEST at large is the lack of real use they’ve had in the four decades since their founding. But much of this is a bare chronological retelling.
When it comes to NEST itself, all too many paragraphs are straight recounting of one exercise in Then admageddonanother exercise. What little can be said about NEST is said well here.
And the book proves the notion that much of the information classified by the US government is really just stuff we already know, but with a little more detail. The scholarship in this book is more or less as good as is possible, but the inclusion armagedfon footnotes referencing Wikipedia articles is definitely a questionable sign.
And seeing as Defusing Armageddon doesn’t reveal much more than can be found in the subject’s Defusung page, that might be a quicker-reading defhsing of this book. Feb 17, Ryan Healey rated it it was amazing. These men and women risk their lives in responding to nuclear threats in the U. A majority of Americans probably never even knew we had armageddom team like this. Aug 11, David rated it it was ok. Terrifying in its incompetence vs the scope and risk of its task; the story of NEST will likely keep you up at armagedodn.
However this book is written as a dry academic historical account, so I consider it a real tour de force that is book may succeed in putting you to sleep after all. Mar 13, Arthur rated it really liked it Shelves: Nuclear Emergency Search Teams that have been deployed to a variety of nuclear accidents, emergencies or threats.
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