Inside “The Cold War”– Awesome reads!

A fiery Peace. Neil Sheehan

It seems so yesterday to reach back to “near-history”…the Cold War.  It’s over. Why read about it?  What could possibly matter?  We could easily slip into a Nuclear conflict on the Korean Peninsula?  Isn’t this a big waste of time?

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

Reading  Neil Sheehan is never a waste of time. No matter the topic.  What I can say, is that I have never read a non-fiction author more powerful, more stimulating than Neil Sheehan. This book tells the tale of the development of the ICBM.  The narrative begins in the 1930’s on a Golf Course in Texas and follows the career of  a German immigrant’s son.  From WWII Bomber pilot to Air Force R&D. From the building of Rocket Test Pads to the enormous contributions of the German scientists in the service of our country.  From Little Boy to the H-Bomb Sheehan puts you in the conference rooms of the Pentagon, the White House and TRW (among other DoD contractors).  And feel the history making conflict between the legendary  General Curtis Lemay and the book’s principal antagonist General Bernie Schriever.

His Vietnam Tome:bright Shining Lie

A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam. by  Neil Sheehan

It is a rewarding  read about the single most important conflict of our lives. That is the lives of “baby-boomers”.   Sheehan won a Pulitzer Prize for “A Bright and Shining Lie” And his reporting on the “Pentagon Papers” won the NY Times a “Pulitzer for public service”.  If you have even the slightest interest in this period— Read this book!

Relevant to Sheehan’s “Cold War” topic.  ”

LeMay

 “The Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMay”

 Both General LeMay and Thomas Reed played major roles in the Cold War. These are thoughtful books. And a look inside the “Cold War” that most civilians never saw. Air Force Vets should read about LeMay. He probably killed more people than any single military officer in history. And as the first head of SAC, he continued to make history yet again.
Get off the radio for a while. Read and enjoy.