AUTHORSheehan, Neil
TITLEA Fiery Peace in A Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon
PUBLISHERRandom House, Inc.
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2009
ISBN978-0-679-42284-6


Written by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, this book builds a fascinating account of the Cold War arms race around Bernard Schriever, the Air Force officer who led the U.S. missile program. The book combines biography, politics, science, and technology to provide an engaging history of the race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union to obtain nuclear superiority. Schriever’s role in the development and deployment of missiles to deliver nuclear warheads is the focal point of the narrative. His interactions with scientists, engineers, politicians, defense contractors, and military leaders illustrate the extensive military-industrial complex that existed throughout the Cold War, which was complicated by internal competition between air force bomber pilots and the developers of missiles. The book also describes the role of the missile program in providing vehicles for the U.S. space exploration program. The author's research is based on extensive interviews and other sources, and the book includes a list of persons interviewed, a short essay on sources, historical photographs, and a bibliography.


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