!5 Minutes: General Curtis LeMay and the Countdown to Nuclear Annihilation

“One of the most revealing works on the atom bomb ever written.” –The Herald-Tribune

“…a full and vivid portrait of LeMay.” Wall Street Journal
“Keeney’s book is yet another chilling reminder of the enormous gamble of Cold War deterrence.” Foreign Affairs
“The power of Keeney’s book lies in his determination to avoid excess emotion and stick to the facts — facts that, God knows, are themselves emotive enough.” Bloomberg
“A chilling and unsettling account of accidents, oversights, errors in planning, and other mistakes and misjudgments by the military and its civilian masters…sobering and recommended.” –Library Journal
” a fascinating, often chilling story of the policies, technologies, and men responsible for maintaining our nuclear defense posture in that period.” –Booklist
“With access to newly declassified documents, Keeney delivers a jolting year-by-year history of SAC’s transformation into a massive worldwide force primed to launch bombers within 15 minutes of the order.” –Publishers Weekly
“A history of United States nuclear warfare based heavily on declassified documents. Military Channel cofounder Keeney explains the evolution of U.S. mass-destruction weaponry from 1945 through 1968. The primary perspective is that of the Strategic Air Command, the high-powered organization developed by Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay. The author focuses on the first two possessors of nuclear weapons: the United States and the Soviet Union. In that sense, the book is also a history of the Cold War as defined by two superpower nations…The author’s information-gathering skills, especially his unearthing and decoding of previously classified documents, make the book worthwhile…” –Kirkus Reviews


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