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
1476735409
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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rpavlacic
Jan 22, 2018

This is a stark and frightening history of America's nuclear weapons program, from Project Manhattan to the present day. Much of the book deals not with the weapons themselves or the Football (although they are discussed throughout) but with what is known as Continuity of Government (COG), what shape the US government would take - including multiple lines of succession for the various government departments as well as the Presidency itself, what would happen to Congress if it was left with a "rump" (say, only nine Representatives and a couple Senators) and where to evacuate the Supreme Court. It lists a series of secret bunkers built for the ultimate catastrophe, some of which have been decommissioned due to the end of the Cold War but others which are still operational. The author suggests strongly that America would likely be in a state of martial law while the country rebuilt itself (which could take up to ten years, if at all). Finally, we get a look into what happened on 9/11 and how COG was torn into total disarray - suggesting if an even greater attack ever happened, the States would be totally unprepared. This book is a warning not only that the worst case scenario could happen, but that civil liberties people take for granted could be taken away - perhaps indefinitely, perhaps permanently.

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StarGladiator
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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