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Download Nuclear Heartland: A Guide to the One Thousand Missile Silos of the United States epub
ISBN: 0942046013
ISBN13: 978-0942046014
Category: Other
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Author: Nukewatch
Language: English
Publisher: Progressive Foundation; 1st edition (September 1, 1988)
Pages: 95 pages
ePUB size: 1422 kb
FB2 size: 1307 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 852
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Old book, out of print, and Shows where every missile silo in the USA was at the time of printing. Except the Titan II sights that I believe were still around. Hints at Titan I sight but no exact coordinates for them.

Neat part was every missile silo had a been named. Names really hints to the times.
I picked up a couple copies of this when it was first published about 25 years ago. One of the author/researchers visited the old Hungry Mind bookstore near Macalester in St. Paul. My now-deceased father in law had dug silo holes for Boeing back in the '60s, so I bought one for him, too.

The book organizes the missiles more-or-less according to public sourced official identifiers. Each one belonged to an air force base, and to a "flight" of 10 missiles or so. There was a launch control center (LCC) that handled each flight from an underground bunker. The LCCs were each assigned a letter, and the missiles were numbered. The book then identifies each missile they could find for each flight at each base. There are also a couple of chapters of overview information about strategic missile systems. This being published by a peace group, they also identified sites that had seen peace protests over the years, ranging from nonviolent civil disobedience (trespass in nuclear restricted areas) to attacks with sledge hammers against hardened concrete silo covers.

When driving across the prairie back in early '90s, I found the book to be pretty accurate. An earlier reviewer points out correctly that many of the silos are no longer there: they were deactivated as part of SALT in the late '90s. A couple I saw in the '90s are now part of the Minuteman Missile National Park installation.

Today, the deactivated silos are square patches of flattened gravel surrounded by Cyclone fences. I don't know how many (if any) have been handed over to local farmers to turn back into wheat or corn. Most likely they remain fenced in, with the fence still holding the silo number (K-6, for example). The book is now just another historical reference, especially if you're trying to identify an abandoned square plot of land between cornfields.
A revised edition was released in Dec. 2015 at a much more reasonable price.
I spent a 20 year career in the Air Force of which 19 were in the Minuteman missile field. I do NOT own a copy of this book but have had fellow missile people describe it to me. I object to it's initial purpose - for the anti-nuke nerds to have a road map to a nuclear missile site in which they could create problems, incur needless security manhours and do damage. In today's atmosphere, they could be shot on sight trying to penetrate a hardened missile facility. Anyway, the book is useless as each Minuteman missile base had unclassified road maps with each site clearly marked on the map. All of the maintenance teams dispatching to a site were give a copy of the map. The general public had access to the maps. My point: Why pay big bucks for something that is/was free and, as other reviewers have stated, most of these sites are now imploded holes covered with gravel and still fenced off. Four hundred and fifty sites are still active but missile complex maps are available at any of those three bases.