- The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself - While the Rest of Us Die
- Narrated by: Jacques Roy
- Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 02-05-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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 60 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 for 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 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.
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By Brewer Richardson on 05-05-17
I'm a huge nerd when it comes to Cold War History & have listened to literally everything sold by audible.com on the subject. This is definitely my new favorite (Command & Control would be a close second). Can't recommend it highly enough!
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By Alan on 31-05-17
Fascinating post-WWII history of the US Continuity of Government (COG) plan. COG will try to protect a few thousand select members of the Government and the private sector. The rest of us are on our own. Is anyone aware of a Reform ("Calvinist") sect of the Amish community that might accept me and my family?
4 of 4 people found this review helpful