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By Barbara Moran
In The Day We misplaced the H-Bomb, technology author Barbara Moran marshals a wealth of latest info and lately declassified fabric to offer the definitive account of the chilly War’s largest nuclear guns catastrophe. On January 17, 1966, a U.S. Air strength B-52 bomber exploded over the sleepy Spanish farming village of Palomares in the course of a regimen airborne refueling. The explosion killed seven airmen and scattered the bomber’s payload–four unarmed thermonuclear bombs–across miles of sea coast. 3 of the rogue H-bombs have been recovered quick. monitoring down the fourth required the most important search-and-salvage operation in U.S. army history.
Moran lines the roots of the Palomares incident, giving a quick but in-depth background of the Strategic Air Command and its eccentric, larger-than-life commander, basic Curtis LeMay, whose mammoth deterrence procedure saved armed U.S. bombers aloft perpetually. again at the flooring, Moran recounts the myriad social and environmental results of an twist of fate that unfold radioactive particles over countless numbers of acres of Spanish farmland, alarmed America’s strategic allies, and broken Spanish-American diplomatic relations.
As the yankee army floundered in its try and continue the tale mystery, the occasions in Spain occasionally took on farcical overtones. consistent worldwide media hype was once fueled via the hit James Bond motion picture Thunderball, with its plot approximately an atomic weapon misplaced at sea. furthermore, there have been the undesirable attentions of a rusty- hulled Soviet surveillance send or even awkward public relatives stunts, entire with American diplomats in swim trunks.
The Day We misplaced the H-Bomb is a unique paintings of army background that without difficulty and dramatically captures chilly warfare hysteria, high-stakes negotiations, and the race to scrub up a catastrophe of unheard of scope. instantly epic and intimate, this booklet recounts in beautiful aspect the delicate peace americans had made with nuclear weapons–and how the threat of impending doom compelled the us to think about not just what had occurred over Palomares yet what may have occurred. This forgotten bankruptcy of chilly conflict heritage will grip readers with the stress of that point and reawaken the fears and hopes of that risky era.
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The Day We Lost the H-Bomb: Cold War, Hot Nukes, and the Worst Nuclear Weapons Disaster in History by Barbara Moran