Uncovering Soviet Disasters Exploring Th by James E Oberg and a great selection of similar Used, New and Collectible Books available now at. James Oberg sets out to uncover the truth about Soviet disasters for its own sake and because it may have implications for us as well as them. Among the Soviet disasters covered here are munitions-plant explosions, subway fires, anthrax contamination and nuclear-reactor meltdowns. The survey is.
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In his introduction, Oberg denies any inclination ""to gloat.
If so, he has been less than successful. Since a large number of the cases Uncovering soviet disasters cites are based on little more than hearsay, it's hard to feel concern for ""victims"" who may or may not ever have existed.
It suggests that the pilot and his Soviet superiors acted with malice--a malice whose consequence was dead uncovering soviet disasters.
uncovering soviet disasters As for his choice of disasters, Oberg oddly includes several events that seem out of place. For example, he critiques Soviet devotion of inordinate economic resources to build the world's largest optical telescope.
Inappropriately placed on a cloudy mountain, the device became a boondoggle that failed uncovering soviet disasters make any major scientific discovery. I make these points not to diminish the import of Oberg's revelations but merely to caution the reader to examine them critically.
UNCOVERING SOVIET DISASTERS by James E. Oberg | Kirkus Reviews
In the end, Oberg's revelations legitimately damn Soviet negligence. Oberg's harsh criticism of Soviet misinformation, disinformation and noninformation uncovering soviet disasters reporting or failing to report disasters is also well deserved.
Furthermore, his findings should be of concern to us because in a nuclear-armed world, Soviet incompetence poses a threat to us as well. Uncovering soviet disasters provides a far-reaching sweep of incidents.
Presumably, given the fact that he did not have access to the complete uncovering soviet disasters because of Moscow's secretiveness, they represent only the tip of the iceberg.
They range from the accidental release of anthrax in Sverdlovsk resulting in as many as 1, fatalities, to uncovering soviet disasters still-not-well-understood nuclear disaster in the Urals, the consequences of which seem to have been greater than those of Chernobyl.
Some experts chalked it up to being a case of tainted meat, others blamed it on a misplaced vaccine that somehow got out of a medical facility.
Since this book is so old it was published init was fun to look up many of the incidents listed to get an update of what really happened since all of this info has largely been unclassified since. Uncovering soviet disasters the fall of the USSR it was revealed that, according to Wikipedia, that the USSR did in fact violate a biological weapons ban and produce Anthrax like many suspected, and the whole ordeal was caused by a miscommunication between workers in said weapons facility rendering a vent system offline for a few days allowing anthrax to escape unfiltered into the town.
In many instances, the reader is presented with the narrative that The USSR was always up to no good as if populated entirely by mustache twirling Bond Villains, or reactionary morons that were uncovering soviet disasters trying to protect themselves in the face of disaster.