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

Neil Sheehan

From Neil Sheehan, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic A Bright Shining Lie, comes this long-awaited, magnificent epic. Here is the never-before-told story of the nuclear arms race that changed history-and of the visionary American Air Force officer Bernard Schriever, who led the high-stakes effort. A Fiery Peace in a Cold War is a masterly work about Schriever's quests to prevent the Soviet Union from acquiring nuclear superiority, to penetrate and exploit space for America, and to build the first weapons meant to deter an atomic holocaust rather than to be fired in anger. Sheehan melds biography and history, politics and science, to create a sweeping narrative that transports the reader back and forth from individual drama to world stage. The narrative takes us from Schriever's boyhood in Texas as a six-year-old immigrant from Germany in 1917 through his apprenticeship in the open-cockpit biplanes of the Army Air Corps in the 1930s and his participation in battles against the Japanese in the South Pacific during the Second World War. On his return, he finds a new postwar bipolar universe dominated by the antagonism between the United States and the Soviet Union. Inspired by his technological vision, Schriever sets out in 1954 to create the one class of weapons that can enforce peace with the Russians-intercontinental ballistic missiles that are unstoppable and can destroy the Soviet Union in thirty minutes. In the course of his crusade, he encounters allies and enemies among some of the most intriguing figures of the century: John von Neumann, the Hungarian-born mathematician and mathematical physicist, who was second in genius only to Einstein; Colonel Edward Hall, who created the ultimate ICBM in the Minuteman missile, and his brother, Theodore Hall, who spied for the Russians at Los Alamos and hastened their acquisition of the atomic bomb; Curtis LeMay, the bomber general who tried to exile Schriever and who lost his grip on reality, amassing enough nuclear weapons in his Strategic Air Command to

From Neil Sheehan, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic A Bright Shining Lie, comes this long-awaited, magnificent epic. Here is the never-before-told story of the nuclear arms race that changed history-and of the visionary American Air Force officer Bernard Schriever, who led the high-stakes effort. A Fiery Peace in a Cold War is a masterly work about Schriever's quests to prevent the Soviet Union from acquiring nuclear superiority, to penetrate and exploit space for America, and to build the first weapons meant to deter an atomic holocaust rather than to be fired in anger. Sheehan melds biography and history, politics and science, to create a sweeping narrative that transports the reader back and forth from individual drama to world stage. The narrative takes us from Schriever's boyhood in Texas as a six-year-old immigrant from Germany in 1917 through his apprenticeship in the open-cockpit biplanes of the Army Air Corps in the 1930s and his participation in battles against the Japanese in the South Pacific during the Second World War. On his return, he finds a new postwar bipolar universe dominated by the antagonism between the United States and the Soviet Union. Inspired by his technological vision, Schriever sets out in 1954 to create the one class of weapons that can enforce peace with the Russians-intercontinental ballistic missiles that are unstoppable and can destroy the Soviet Union in thirty minutes. In the course of his crusade, he encounters allies and enemies among some of the most intriguing figures of the century: John von Neumann, the Hungarian-born mathematician and mathematical physicist, who was second in genius only to Einstein; Colonel Edward Hall, who created the ultimate ICBM in the Minuteman missile, and his brother, Theodore Hall, who spied for the Russians at Los Alamos and hastened their acquisition of the atomic bomb; Curtis LeMay, the bomber general who tried to exile Schriever and who lost his grip on reality, amassing enough nuclear weapons in his Strategic Air Command to
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From Neil Sheehan, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic A Bright Shining Lie, comes this long-awaited, magnificent epic. Here is the never-before-told story of the nuclear arms race that changed history-and of the visionary American Air Force officer Bernard Schriever, who led the high-stakes effort. A Fiery Peace in a Cold War is a masterly work about Schriever's quests to prevent the Soviet Union from acquiring nuclear superiority, to penetrate and exploit space for America, and to build the first weapons meant to deter an atomic holocaust rather than to be fired in anger. Sheehan melds biography and history, politics and science, to create a sweeping narrative that transports the reader back and forth from individual drama to world stage. The narrative takes us from Schriever's boyhood in Texas as a six-year-old immigrant from Germany in 1917 through his apprenticeship in the open-cockpit biplanes of the Army Air Corps in the 1930s and his participation in battles against the Japanese in the South Pacific during the Second World War. On his return, he finds a new postwar bipolar universe dominated by the antagonism between the United States and the Soviet Union. Inspired by his technological vision, Schriever sets out in 1954 to create the one class of weapons that can enforce peace with the Russians-intercontinental ballistic missiles that are unstoppable and can destroy the Soviet Union in thirty minutes. In the course of his crusade, he encounters allies and enemies among some of the most intriguing figures of the century: John von Neumann, the Hungarian-born mathematician and mathematical physicist, who was second in genius only to Einstein; Colonel Edward Hall, who created the ultimate ICBM in the Minuteman missile, and his brother, Theodore Hall, who spied for the Russians at Los Alamos and hastened their acquisition of the atomic bomb; Curtis LeMay, the bomber general who tried to exile Schriever and who lost his grip on reality, amassing enough nuclear weapons in his Strategic Air Command to

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robertson Dean

Length:

19h 14m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:35

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:39


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:34


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:27


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:18


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:52


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:52


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:48


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:13


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:59


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:07


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:41


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:09


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:43


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:55


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:47


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:33


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:29


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:36


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:23


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:07


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:45


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:35


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:21


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:58


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:52


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:10


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:31


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:32


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:42


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:03


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:00


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:39


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:21


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:05


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:01


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:42


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:09


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:50


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:47


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:14


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:33


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:47


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:46


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:15


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:05


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:42


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:20


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:35


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

09:27


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:26


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:50


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:44


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:37


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:09


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:14


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:19


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:20


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:03


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:51


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:41


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:34


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:02


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:07


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:31


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:22


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:57


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:03


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:22


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:06


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:17


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:38


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:43


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:21


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:17


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

09:32


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

09:58


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:27


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

09:24


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:50


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:11


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:09


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:54


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:06


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:57


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:40


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

09:27


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:10


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

02:52


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:01


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:45


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:28


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:19


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:33


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:55


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:07


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:22


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:57


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:38


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:23


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:20


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:40


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:48


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:24


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

02:17


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

08:49


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:37


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:58


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:48


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:24


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:45


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:12


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

09:18


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:30


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

07:13


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:26


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:15


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

06:11


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:21


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

07:38


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:42


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

08:40


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

07:09


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

07:07


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

06:52


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:43


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

06:52


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

06:41


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

07:16


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

07:50


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

08:46


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

08:41


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

07:02


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:24


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:34


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

07:20


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

07:03


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

07:43


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

07:36


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

06:44


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

05:06


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:08


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

04:43


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

06:13


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

06:13


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

06:45


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

04:30


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

05:56


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

04:18


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

07:50


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

06:35


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

06:16


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

06:19


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

03:46


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

06:40


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

05:18


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

07:22


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

06:41


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

08:09


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

07:30


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

05:38


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

05:31


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

08:45


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

06:03


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

05:36


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

00:30