The Blinding Future of Nuclear Weapons

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 For fans of Oppenheimer, a riveting investigation into the modern nuclear weapons landscape. 

Nuclear weapons are, today, as important as they were during the Cold War. In fact, some experts say we could be as close to a nuclear catastrophe now as we were at the height of that conflict. Despite that, conversations about these bombs generally happen in past tense. In Countdown, science journalist Sarah Scoles uncovers a different atomic reality: the nuclear age’s present.
Drawing from years of on-the-ground reporting at the nation's nuclear weapons labs, Scoles interrogates the idea that having nuclear weapons keeps us safe, deterring attacks and preventing radioactive warfare. She deftly assesses the existing nuclear apparatus in the United States, taking readers beyond the news headlines and policy-speak to reveal the state of nuclear-weapons technology, as well as how people currently working within the U.S. nuclear weapons complex have come to think about these bombs and the idea that someone, someday, might use them.
Through a sharp, surprising, and undoubtedly urgent narrative, Scoles brings us out of the Cold War and into the twenty-first century, opening readers' eyes to the true nature of nuclear weapons and their caretakers while also giving us the context necessary to understand the consequences of their existence, for worse and for better, for now and for the future.


Meet The Author: Sarah Scoles

Sarah Scoles is a science journalist, a contributing writer at Wired, and contributing editor at Popular Science. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, VICE, NOVA, Discover, and Slate, among others. She is the author of two books: They Are Already Here: UFO Culture and Why We See Saucers (Pegasus Books, 2020) and Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (Pegasus Books, 2018). She is the 2019 and 2020 winner of a Popular Media Award from the American Astronomical Society and the 2018 winner of the Philip Freund Prize in Creative Writing from Cornell University.

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