The subtitle of this book; “The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself–While the Rest of Us Die” while functionally true, is a bit of an extreme statement. When their is a pandemic or other world ending event where most of us will die, our government has a COG (Continuity of Government). That should make you feel less than good as those who are planned to survive are our country’s “best and brightest”…you know, the politicians.
“Efforts to protect civilian life fell by the wayside and a fourth and final grim phase of nuclear reality settled over the United States. Soon grandiose plans gradually shrank to just a single, all-consuming governmental goal: protect the idea of a democratic leadership and preserve the National Command Authorities—that virtually never-ending succession line of officials authorized to launch the nation’s nuclear weapons. Rather than remake the entire society, the government would protect itself and let the rest of us die. That way, there was a chance that democracy could one day again blossom across the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
Author, Garrett M. Graff, provides extensive detail on our government’s plan for its future…without us. Not surprisingly they’re attempts have been less than adequate as have their attempts to keep this quiet. I generally have contempt for most media and as you read this you’ll find that they seem to have such glee in reporting about these “secret” hideouts. It’s as if they want to let our enemies know where to send their missiles. Some things can just remain a secret…you know that whole National Security thing.
If you love minutiae and details this is the book for you.