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A Fiery Peace in a Cold War by Neil Sheehan
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May 01, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: audio, history, aerospace, military

Curtis LeMay is the villain in this book, but there wasn't a lot of closure to his character. Did he accept the supremacy of the ICBM over the strategic bomber eventually? I think his presence in the book is important- there's a common one-dimensional acceptance of whatever technology the most prominent hawk is promoting must be best for national defense, but the the missile gap would have been very real and dangerous for the U.S. if LeMay had been allowed to sideline the ICBM and IRBM projects and wasted the same resources on the impossible nuclear-powered supersonic strategic bomber.

I'd have liked to see additional details of Soviet ICBM development, I'm sure there are good books on the subject but they most likely would lack the in-depth characterization Sheehan has.

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