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A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon

Authors: Sheehan, Neil
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: HIS027100, HIS037070, HIS032000
ISBN: 9780307741400, Related ISBNs: 0307576698, 0307576701, 0307741400, 0679422846, 0679745491
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 576,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis:

The US-Soviet arms race, told through the story of a colorful and visionary American Air Force officermelding biography, history, world affairs, and science to transport the reader back and forth from individual drama to world stage.
 
"Compulsively readable and important.” —The New York Times Book Review

In this never-before-told story, Neil Sheehan—winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award -- details American Air Force officer Bernard Schriever’s quest to prevent the Soviet Union from acquiring nuclear superiority, and describes American efforts to develop the unstoppable nuclear-weapon delivery system, the intercontinental ballistic missile, the first weapons meant to deter an atomic holocaust rather than to be fired in anger.  
 
In a sweeping narrative, Sheehan brings to life a huge cast of some of the most intriguing characters of the cold war, including the brilliant physicist John Von Neumann, and the hawkish Air Force general, Curtis LeMay.  

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