A Fiery Peace in a Cold War

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Neil Sheehan tells the story of American Air Force officer Bernard Schriever and the nuclear arms race that changed history. In A Fiery Peace in a Cold War, he describes Schrieiver’s efforts to keep the Soviet Union from attaining nuclear superiority, to make sure America won the space race, and to build the first weapons designed to deter an atomic war.

Event: Neil Sheehan will be speaking
Tuesday, September 29th, at 6:30 pm
Cooper Union, the Great Hall
7 East 7th Street at Third Avenue
Free and open to the general public


Neil Sheehan

Comments [6]

Tony from San Jose, CA

Russia says that they will only fire nuclear missiles in retaliation to a nuclear attack. The US says they would use nuclear weapons against a conventional attack.

Sep. 29 2009 12:29 PM
peterb from albert lea minnesota

how close are we to nuclear war?; at the risk of fear mongering i'll ask that question; neil sheehan's talking about it and so is leonard for that matter; neil's a multi pulitzer winner; and he stays up early too; he doesn't seem crazy; maybe i'm not; crazy; or dying; just inspired; and happy

Sep. 29 2009 12:26 PM
kai from NJ-NYC

Was the bellicose commanding officer in Dr. Stranglove based on Gen. Lemay?

Sep. 29 2009 12:18 PM
Tony from San Jose, CA

The sheer power (in Megaton) doesn't reflect the destruction. Isn't a multiple warhead with a lower total power more destructive?

Since the growth of the blast is to the cube but you want to destroy an area that growth to the square.

Sep. 29 2009 12:17 PM
Patrice from NY NY

Another Cold War book written from the perspective of a fighter jet mechanic who hailed from NYC is One Desert Jet Turner by Earl Heron, published by Jets Press.

Sep. 29 2009 12:16 PM
Jgarbuz from Queens, NY

Leonard could your ask your guest also about Admiral Hyman Rickover and the nuclear submarine fleet, and his role in the missile arms race?

Sep. 29 2009 11:51 AM

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