That is a new (early 2014) and excellent book by Elaine Scarry, the subtitle is Choosing Between Democracy and Doom. Here is one good sentence:
…the British government arranged a secure fallout shelter for 200 leading officials, it neglected to include the queen in its plans…
Here is a more thematic sentence:
The impossibility of “governing” nuclear weapons emerges across many pages of this book.
Recommended, and consistent with my long held view that the production of nuclear weapons represented one of the most fundamental revisions of the U.S. Constitution. The discussion of nuclear submarines, and how hard it can be to send them revised orders, is both fascinating and scary.