By Garrett M. Graff
Every day in Washington, DC, the blue-and-gold 1st Helicopter Squadron, code-named “MUSSEL,” flies over the Potomac River. As noticeable because the presidential motorcade, the squadron is believed through most folk to be a shuttle perk for VIPs. They’re basically part correct: whereas the helicopters do supply delivery, the unit exists to evacuate high-ranking officers within the occasion of a terrorist or nuclear assault at the capital. within the occasion of an assault, decide on officers will be whisked by way of helicopters to a hoop of mystery bunkers round Washington, whilst traditional voters are left to fend for themselves.
For sixty years, the united states govt has been constructing mystery Doomsday plans to guard itself, and the multibillion-dollar Continuity of presidency (COG) application takes a variety of forms—from its plans to evacuate the freedom Bell from Philadelphia and our most beneficial records from the nationwide records to the plans to release nuclear missiles from a Boeing 747 jet flying excessive over Nebraska.
In Raven Rock, Garrett Graff sheds gentle at the internal workings of the 650-acre compound (called Raven Rock) simply miles from Camp David, in addition to dozens of different bunkers the govt outfitted its most sensible leaders throughout the chilly battle, from the White residence garden to Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado to Palm seashore, Florida, and the key plans that may have kicked in after a chilly struggle nuclear assault to around up foreigners and dissidents, and nationalize industries.
Equal components a presidential, army, and political background, Raven Rock tracks the evolution of the government’s plans and the threats of worldwide struggle from the sunrise of the nuclear period during the modern day. depending upon hundreds of thousands of pages of once-classified files, in addition to unique interviews and visits to former and present COG amenities, Graff brings readers throughout the again channels of presidency to appreciate precisely what's at stake if our kingdom is attacked, and the way we’re ready to reply if it is.
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Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself--While the Rest of Us Die by Garrett M. Graff