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A fiery peace in a cold war : Bernard Schriever and the ultimate weapon

Author: Neil Sheehan
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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From Sheehan, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic "A Bright Shining Lie," comes the never-before-told story of the nuclear arms race that changed history--and of the visionary American Air Force officer Bernard Schriever, who led the high-stakes effort with the ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missiles) program.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Bernard A Schriever; Bernard A (Ingenieur) Schriever; Bernard A Schriever
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Neil Sheehan
ISBN: 9780679422846 0679422846
OCLC Number: 297147678
Performer(s): Read by Robertson Dean.
Description: xix, 534 p., [16] leaves of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: A rite of succession --
Book I. Becoming an American : Ellis Island and a tragedy in Texas ; A benefactor and the house on the twelfth green ; The virtues of golf ; White silk scarves and open cockpits ; Entering the brotherhood ; A fiasco and reform ; Staying the course ; A fork in the road ; "Let's dive-bomb the bastards" ; The text on war --
Book II. Inheriting a different world : Atomic diplomacy ; Spies inside the barbed wire ; "The balance has been destroyed" ; The state that was Stalin ; A confrontation and a misreading ; Containing the menace ; Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor fog ; Stalin gets his bomb ; The consequences of delusion ; Good intentions gone awry --
Book III. The perils of an apprenticeship : Hap Arnold's legacy ; Getting organized ; Bomber leader ; Into the lion's den ; Moscow opts for rockets ; A nuclear reactor in the sky ; Low-level tactics and the flying boom ; The last tangle and an ambush --
Book IV. Starting a race : Seeking scientific validation ; When Hungary was Mars ; A fascination with explosions ; Finding an ally ; Marshaling the expertise ; The tea pot committee ; Getting started ; "Okay, Bennie, it's a deal --
Book V. Winning a president : A schoolhouse and a radical new approach ; The guru of rockets ; A problem with Tommy Power ; How greed corrupts ; An assault from an unexpected quarter ; A sense of adventure ; No time for family ; Getting to Ike ; A difficult dialogue at Geneva ; Dazzling the monarch ; No more nitpicking ; A radar in Turkey --
Book VI. Building the unstoppable : A competitor ; The team of Mettler and Thiel ; John Bruce Medaris and Wernher von Brawn ; The Cape of the Canebrake vs. "Moose" Mathison ; A few grains of sand ; Medaris goes for the ICBM ; The reluctant rescuer ; Thor vs. Jupiter ; Sputnik ; Thor readies for England ; Jamie Wallace's Thor show ; The biggest airlift since Berlin ; "Roy ... I want you to get me Camp Cooke" ; A tie ; Black Saturday ; The trials of Atlas and a Christmas surprise ; Whose missile gap? ; A victory despite the bugs ; Minuteman: Ed Hall's triumph ; "You couldn't keep him in that job" --
Book VII. A spy in orbit and a game of nuclear dice : A would-be spy in the sky goes away ; Mathison snatches the prize ; Discoverer goes "black" into Corona ; A harebrained scheme ; Palm tree disguises ; Keeping the military on the leash"Use 'em or lose 'em" ; LeMay and Tommy Power as the wild cards ; Avoiding Götterdämmerung ; Buying time for the empire to implode --
Epilogue. The Schriever luck : Johnny von Neumann finds faith but not peace ; "The slowest old Trev has ever gone in a Cadillac" ; Losing it all and forgiving a brother ; "Only in America" ; A reunion with Hap.
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From Sheehan, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic "A Bright Shining Lie," comes the never-before-told story of the nuclear arms race that changed history--and of the visionary American Air Force officer Bernard Schriever, who led the high-stakes effort with the ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missiles) program.

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I am sure Schriever and my dad knew one another

by JohnOgden (WorldCat user published 2012-06-30) Very Good Permalink

Both men moved from the sharp end of operations in the 5th Air Force to logistic and material support roles by the time of the Leyte Operation, and they may have...
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