By Neil Sheehan
During this long-awaited historical past, Neil Sheehan, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the nationwide publication Award, describes the US-Soviet fingers race in the course of 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 increase the unstoppable nuclear-weapon supply method, 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 big solid of a few of the main interesting characters of the chilly struggle, together with the bright physicist John Von Neumann, and the hawkish Air strength normal, Curtis LeMay. Melding biography, historical past, international affairs, and technological know-how, A Fiery Peace in a chilly conflict transports the reader from side to side from person drama to global degree.
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During the First World War he had been denied a combat assignment in Europe until it was too late to see any action; instead, he had been posted to Washington to monitor the effort to gear up American industry for the mass production of aircraft. The program had been a failure, from which Arnold had learned what not to do when it was his turn to take charge and organize industry for the production of hundreds of thousands of planes during the Second World War. In 1925, he had displayed the moral courage to ignore warnings from his superiors and place his career in peril by testifying in defense of Brigadier General William “Billy” Mitchell, the crusader for an independent air force, at Mitchell’s court-martial.
S. Army Air Corps, Bennie Schriever thought of himself as having joined an elite group of flying men. He could not know precisely how important to the destiny of the nation that elite was to be. At the end of 1938, when the menace of Hitler’s Germany and Imperial Japan at last began to awaken Congress, there were only about 1,650 officers, including Reservists, in the entire Air Corps. From these 1,650 officers would come the men who were to create and lead the mighty fleet of the skies during the Second World War.
Whatever his reasons, Arnold had summoned the right man. Schriever had the intellectual bent and the foresight to see the implications for the future that Arnold saw. He also shared Arnold’s vision. And there was more to it than that. There was a chemistry between the two men. Arnold had been his first chief when Schriever had been a novice second lieutenant pilot at March Field near Riverside, California, in 1933, fresh from the Flying School at Kelly Field next to San Antonio. Arnold had been the man who had later rescued him from the humdrum of an airline pilot’s life and set him forth on the surpassing adventure of the Second World War.
A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon (Vintage) by Neil Sheehan