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Includes bibliographical references (pages 583-611) and index.
Author's note -- Selected cast of characters -- Acronyms and abbreviations -- The Titan -- Not good -- New wave -- No lone zone -- Spheres within spheres -- Potential hazards -- Machinery of control -- The best, the biggest, and the most -- In violation -- Megadeath -- Accidents will happen -- Acceptable risks -- The optimum mix -- Breaking in -- Out of control -- Decapitation -- The brink -- An abnornal environment -- Damascus -- Balanced and unbalanced -- The wrong tape -- Like hell -- Con.rm or deny -- The end -- Epilogue.
Presents a minute-by-minute account of an H-bomb accident that nearly caused a nuclear disaster, examining other near misses and America's growing susceptibility to a catastrophic event.