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

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

This never-before-told story details 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 missle, the first weapons meant to deter an atomic holocaust rather than to be fired in anger.

Prologue: A Rite of Succession

BOOK I - BECOMING AN AMERICAN

Chapter 1. ELLIS ISLAND AND A TRAGEDY IN TEXAS

Chapter 2. A BENEFACTOR AND THE HOUSE ON THE TWELFTH GREEN

Chapter 3. THE VIRTUES OF GOLF

Chapter 4. WHITE SILK SCARVES AND OPEN COCKPITS

Chapter 5. ENTERING THE BROTHERHOOD

Chapter 6. A FIASCO AND REFORM

Chapter 7. STAYING THE COURSE

Chapter 8. A FORK IN THE ROAD

Chapter 9. “LET’S DIVE-BOMB THE BASTARDS”

Chapter 10. THE TEST OF WAR

BOOK II - INHERITING A DIFFERENT WORLD

Chapter 11. ATOMIC DIPLOMACY

Chapter 12. SPIES INSIDE THE BARBED WIRE

Chapter 13. “THE BALANCE HAS BEEN DESTROYED”

Chapter 14. THE STATE THAT WAS STALIN

Chapter 15. A CONFRONTATION AND A MISREADING

Chapter 16. CONTAINING THE MENACE

Chapter 17. NEITHER RAIN, NOR SNOW, NOR SLEET, NOR FOG

Chapter 18. STALIN GETS HIS BOMB

Chapter 19. THE CONSEQUENCES OF DELUSION

Chapter 20. GOOD INTENTIONS GONE AWRY

BOOK III - THE PERILS OF AN APPRENTICESHIP

Chapter 21. HAP ARNOLD’S LEGACY

Chapter 22. GETTING ORGANIZED

Chapter 23. BOMBER LEADER

Chapter 24. INTO THE LION’S DEN

Chapter 25. MOSCOW OPTS FOR ROCKETS

Chapter 26. A NUCLEAR REACTOR IN THE SKY

Chapter 27. LOW-LEVEL TACTICS AND THE FLYING BOOM

Chapter 28. THE LAST TANGLE AND AN AMBUSH

BOOK IV - STARTING A RACE

Chapter 29. SEEKING SCIENTIFIC VALIDATION

Chapter 30. WHEN HUNGARY WAS MARS

Chapter 31. A FASCINATION WITH EXPLOSIONS

Chapter 32. FINDING AN ALLY

Chapter 33. MARSHALING THE EXPERTISE

Chapter 34. THE TEA POT COMMITTEE

Chapter 35. GETTING STARTED

Chapter 36. “OKAY, BENNIE, IT’S A DEAL”

BOOK V - WINNING A PRESIDENT

Chapter 37. A SCHOOLHOUSE AND A RADICAL NEW APPROACH

Chapter 38. THE GURU OF ROCKETS

Chapter 39. A PROBLEM WITH TOMMY POWER

Chapter 40. HOW GREED CORRUPTS

Chapter 41. AN ASSAULT FROM AN UNEXPECTED QUARTER

Chapter 42. A SENSE OF ADVENTURE

Chapter 43. NO TIME FOR FAMILY

Chapter 44. GETTING TO IKE

Chapter 45. A DIFFICULT DIALOGUE AT GENEVA

Chapter 46. DAZZLING THE MONARCH

Chapter 47. NO MORE NITPICKING

Chapter 48. A RADAR IN TURKEY

BOOK VI - BUILDING THE UNSTOPPABLE

Chapter 49. A COMPETITOR

Chapter 50. THE TEAM OF METTLER AND THIEL

Chapter 51. JOHN BRUCE MEDARIS AND WERNHER VON BRAUN

Chapter 52. THE CAPE OF THE CANEBRAKE VS. “MOOSE” MATHISON

Chapter 53. A FEW GRAINS OF SAND

Chapter 54. MEDARIS GOES FOR THE ICBM

Chapter 55. THE RELUCTANT RESCUER

Chapter 56. THOR VS. JUPITER

Chapter 57. SPUTNIK

Chapter 58. THOR READIES FOR ENGLAND

Chapter 59. JAMIE WALLACE’S THOR SHOW

Chapter 60. THE BIGGEST AIRLIFT SINCE BERLIN

Chapter 61. “ROY … I WANT YOU TO GET ME CAMP COOKE”

Chapter 62. A TIE

Chapter 63. BLACK SATURDAY

Chapter 64. THE TRIALS OF ATLAS AND A CHRISTMAS SURPRISE

Chapter 65. WHOSE MISSILE GAP?

Chapter 66. A VICTORY DESPITE THE BUGS

Chapter 67. MINUTEMAN: ED HALL’S TRIUMPH

Chapter 68. “YOU COULDN’T KEEP HIM IN THAT JOB”

BOOK VII - A SPY IN ORBIT AND A GAME OF NUCLEAR DICE

Chapter 69. A WOULD-BE SPY IN THE SKY GOES AWRY

Chapter 70. MATHISON SNATCHES THE PRIZE

Chapter 71. DISCOVERER GOES “BLACK” INTO CORONA

Chapter 72. A HAREBRAINED SCHEME

Chapter 73. PALM TREE DISGUISES

Chapter 74. KEEPING THE MILITARY ON THE LEASH

Chapter 75. “USE ’EM OR LOSE ’EM”

Chapter 76. LEMAY AND TOMMY POWER AS THE WILD CARDS

Chapter 77. AVOIDING GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG

Chapter 78. BUYING TIME FOR THE EMPIRE TO IMPLODE

EPILOGUE - THE SCHRIEVER LUCK

Chapter 79. JOHNNY VON NEUMANN FINDS FAITH BUT NOT PEACE

Chapter 80. “THE SLOWEST OLD TREV HAS EVER GONE IN A CADILLAC”

Chapter 81. LOSING IT ALL AND FORGIVING A BROTHER

Chapter 82. “ONLY IN AMERICA”

Chapter 83. A REUNION WITH HAP

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