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  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9780679745495
  • Imprint: Knopf US
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • RRP: $21.99

A Fiery Peace in a Cold War

Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon



Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon

The US-Soviet arms race, told through the story of a colorful and visionary American Air Force officer—melding biography, history, world affairs, and science to transportthe 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.  

  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9780679745495
  • Imprint: Knopf US
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • RRP: $21.99

About the author

Neil Sheehan

Neil Sheehan was a Vietnam War correspondent for United Press International and the New York Times and won a number of awards for his reporting. In 1971 he obtained the Pentagon Papers, which brought the Times the Pulitzer Prize gold medal for meritorious public service. A Bright Shining Lie won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction.

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