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Eric Schlosser moves from McD to Dr. Strangelove

By Laurie Bennett

January 27, 2014 at 7:09am

Eric Schlosser helped launch a national movement with his 2001 book, “Fast Food Nation,” which examined the many negative impacts of America’s fast food industry.

We should all hope that his most recent effort, “Command and Control,” causes a comparable stir. Schlosser examines nuclear risk, detailing the many near-disasters that have occurred since the invention of the atomic bomb.

Schlosser testifies before Senate committee, 2008
Schlosser testifies
before Senate
committee, 2008

In a piece published last week by the New Yorker, he posits that the plot of Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film, “Dr. Strangelove,” could actually have happened.

“In retrospect, Kubrick’s black comedy provided a far more accurate description of the dangers inherent in nuclear command-and-control systems than the ones that the American people got from the White House, the Pentagon, and the mainstream media,” Schlosser writes.

An investigative reporter who got his start at the Atlantic Monthly, Schlosser has an interesting Muckety map.

His father, Herbert S. Schlosser, was president and CEO of NBC.

His wife, Shauna Redford, is the daughter of actor Robert Redford.

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