arvard Book Store is very pleased to welcome award-winning science journalist and NOVA senior researcher BARBARA MORAN for a discussion of her latest book, The Day We Lost the H-Bomb. Based on a wealth of new research, Moran's new book is the dramatic and epic account of the greatest disaster in our nuclear weapons history: the U.S. Air Force’s loss of four hydrogen bombs over the coast of Spain in 1966. During the Cold War, the world lived under constant threat of nuclear disaster.And as the number of nuclear bombs on the planet increased dramatically, a new worry emerged—the possibility of a deadly nuclear accident. With thousands of warheads stuffed into silos, trundled onto planes, and exploded in countless tests, it seemed inevitable that something, someday, would go terribly wrong. That day came on January 17, 1966. Two U.S. Air Force planes collided during a routine mission over Spain, losing four hydrogen bombs over Spanish territory. The worst nuclear weapons accident in history, the incident sparked a tense standoff between the superpowers and ferocious infighting within the U.S. military. As the world watched, the Americans began a frantic search for the missing bombs. In a world constantly on the brink of nuclear war, this was a mission that could not fail. Including research based on newly declassified reports and film footage, as well as interviews with many of the participants, The Day We Lost the H-Bomb tells the riveting true story of the nuclear buildup that led to this deadly accident, the far-reaching consequences of the crash, and the massive search for the missing bombs. The tension of this forgotten chapter of Cold War history will grip readers and reawaken the fears and hopes of that dangerous era. (ablachly)
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