In the spirit of Dr. Strangelove and The Atomic Cafe, Rudolph Herzog has here created a bleakly sardonic catalogue of atomic blunders and nuclear near-misses revealing the hushed-up and forgotten episodes in which the great powers have gambled with catastrophe. Rudolph Herzog is already well know as the historian behind the popular history title Dead Funny, which looked at humour in Nazi Germany. Now, he turns to the archives once again to produce an account that will raise important questions on international nuclear policy.
"Unflinching... Let's just say that Herzog's use of the word 'folly' is an understatement." --"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"
"An eclectic, innovative approach to the bureaucratization of creativity during the Cold War." --"Los Angeles Review of Books"
"Meticulously researched and thrillingly told--reading this is as informative as it is spine-chillingly entertaining" ""--"Die Zeit