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A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the by Neil Sheehan

By Neil Sheehan

During this long-awaited background, Neil Sheehan, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the nationwide booklet Award, describes the US-Soviet palms race throughout the tale of the colourful and visionary American Air strength officer, Bernard Schriever. This never-before-told tale information Schriever’s quest to avoid the Soviet Union from buying nuclear superiority, and describes American efforts to improve the unstoppable nuclear-weapon supply procedure, the intercontinental ballistic missle, the 1st guns intended to discourage an atomic holocaust instead of to be fired in anger. during this sweeping narrative, Sheehan brings to existence a massive solid of a few of the main interesting characters of the chilly conflict, together with the bright physicist John Von Neumann, and the hawkish Air strength basic, Curtis LeMay. Melding biography, heritage, global affairs, and technological know-how, A Fiery Peace in a chilly battle transports the reader from side to side from person drama to global level.

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A FIASCO AND REFORM The air mail fiasco was the beginning of the end to stagnation. In February 1934, President Roosevelt suddenly canceled the air mail contracts between the Post Office and the new-fledged commercial airlines because a Senate investigation had discovered evidence of fraud. Roosevelt had not acted, however, without first having postal officials ask Major General Benjamin D. Foulois, chief of the Air Corps, if his pilots could temporarily fly the mail until honest arrangements could be made with the airlines.

This other race initiated America’s exploration and exploitation of space and was for the highest stakes—preventing the Soviet Union from acquiring an overwhelming nuclear superiority that could tempt Soviet leaders into international blackmail and adventurism with calamitous results for human civilization. Its outcome thus directly affected the security of the United States and the non-Communist nations of Europe, as well as the preservation of the fragile equilibrium between the two superpowers during the Cold War.

The English Channel was closed to neutral shipping because of the war and they had to sail north around Scotland. It took them more than two weeks. The North Atlantic was rough sailing in this winter season. Looking at the heaving waves, Schriever remembered thinking that the ocean must be a series of mountains. His mother had a scare when a British gunboat hailed the ship and an inspection party came aboard. She was afraid they would be seized as German nationals and taken off, but fortunately Gerhard had the mumps, a dangerous disease for an adult.

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