Raven Rock

Raven Rock

The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself -- While the Rest of Us Die

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Every day in Washington, DC, the blue-and-gold 1st Helicopter Squadron, codenamed "MUSSEL," flies over the Potomac River. As obvious as the Presidential motorcade, most people assume the squadron is a travel perk for VIPs. They're only half right: while the helicopters do provide transport, the unit exists to evacuate high-ranking officials in the event of a terrorist or nuclear attack on the capital. In the event of an attack, select officials would be whisked by helicopters to a ring of secret bunkers around Washington, even as ordinary citizens were left to fend for themselves. For sixty years, the US government has been developing secret Doomsday plans to protect itself, and the multibillion-dollar Continuity of Government (COG) program takes numerous forms -- from its plans to evacuate the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia to the plans to launch nuclear missiles from a Boeing-747 jet flying high over Nebraska. In Raven Rock, Garrett M. Graff sheds light on the inner workings of the 650-acre compound (called Raven Rock) just miles from Camp David, as well as dozens of other bunkers the government built its top leaders during the Cold War, from the White House lawn to Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado to Palm Beach, Florida, and the secret plans that would have kicked in after a Cold War nuclear attack to round up foreigners and dissidents and nationalize industries. Equal parts a presidential, military, and cultural history, Raven Rock tracks the evolution of the government plan and the threats of global war from the dawn of the nuclear era through the War on Terror.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2017]
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781476735405
Branch Call Number: 363.350973 G758R 2017
Characteristics: xxv, 529 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm


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May 10, 2017

I look forward to reading this book - - looks mighty interesting and reminds me of an article written back in the 1980s by journalist, Nicholas von Hoffman, called // The Caves of Cowardice \\ about 90 some underground gov't installations in the event of some sort of future catastrophe - - presumably there were that many dotted around the country so as to be available on short notice in proximity to a select few! [I occasionally listen to coasttocoastam.com which covers a spectrum of guest, some I love, some I despise, and the author was on the other night and gave a tremendous interview, making this book even more interesting, and I would suggest in conjunction with this book, to read the outstanding and number one book on 9/11 by Lynn Spencer, an aviation expert, titled: Touching History. This book simply and exhaustively details the events of that day, but perfectly captures the ineptness and incompetency of our fearless leaders at that time {assuming they had zero foreknowledge of what was to come, and assuming it was a coincidence that the Bremer fellow who worked in one of the Twin Towers just happened to hold his conference in a different building that morning}.]


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