AUTHORSagan, Scott D.
TITLEThe Limits of Safety: Organizations, Accidents, and Nuclear Weapons
PUBLISHERPrinceton University Press
CITYPrinceton, NJ

In this book, Scott Sagan, a political scientist at Stanford University, draws upon organization theory, reliability studies and risk analysis to investigate several incidents having to do with nuclear weapon systems. The incidents analyzed include the Cuban Missile Crisis and the 1968 Thule Bomber Accident. The author examines technologies which might have either prevented or caused such mishaps, and political dealings which might have moderated them. The author is primarily interested in the limits of good diplomacy and technology, and in such things as human error and aggravations of bad circumstances, as well as inabilities to overcome limitations of poor technology. The author’s sources were largely declassified documents, congressional hearings, and interviews.

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