In Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety (Penguin), Eric Schlosser ’81 tells the story of an accident at a nuclear-missile silo in rural Arkansas and explores America’s “effort to control nuclear weapons — to ensure that one doesn’t go off by accident, by mistake, or by any other unauthorized means.”

Operación Masacre, a 1957 book of investigative journalism by Rodolfo Walsh, recounted a secret execution that took place one night in June 1956 — in the wake of a 1955 military coup that removed Argentine president Juan Perón from office. Daniella Gitlin ’06 has translated that text from Spanish into English. Operation Massacre (Seven Stories Press) is the first English translation of what is considered a classic work of Latin American literature.

G. Richard Shell ’71 helps readers clarify their life’s goals and figure out how to attain them in Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for Success (Portfolio/Penguin). The book is based on a course he teaches at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He is a professor of legal studies, business ethics, and management.