A fictional dramatization based on actual events. On the eve of the Nixon resignation, the Soviet Union took an action that elevated the Strategic Air Command and the North American Air Defense Command to just short of full combat alert status. Under normal circumstances , there would have been a direct escalation of responses on both sides that could have taken us to the brink of nuclear launch. On this evening, though, there was an uncharacteristic hesitation on the part of normally hawkish US leadership. The book speculates that the hesitation was a reluctance to break an iron clad DO NOT DISTURB order from the president. This reluctance, it suggests, was fear that the event could have a rational explanation which would vanish in a conflagration of nuclear exchanges if Nixon, in his depressed and panicked state, interpreted the event as an attack (and a way out of the Watergate debacle.) The actions of an observant off-duty missile launch officer cause the Joint Chiefs and SAC commanders to back down from an immanent launch. The events of the book compress a series of many such actual events into the evening before the resignation.
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Steve McCurdy worked his way through college as a radio announcer and bank teller. Four months after receiving his degree and his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force he found himself second in command of ten nuclear ICBMs. Eighteen months after that he was at the cross roads of what might have become World War III. The events in the book were classified for a long time even for a while after they decommissioned the Whiteman missiles and took half of the Minuteman force out nationwide. The author has been sitting on this for a long time. He may have been sitting on this story, but he has not been sitting on his hands. The creator of hundreds of marketing and training programs for the cream of the Fortune 100, Steve has been active in all forms of media; television, radio, print, and live stage events. He left corporate America for a while to become the producer/director for the critically acclaimed Man Enough off-Broadway, in New York. His radio talk-show, The Neon Fish celebrated excellence in Christian artistic expression, playing host to hundreds of nationally and internationally known artists of faith. He met co-host, Ken Bailey when Ken hired Steve to be the voices on the audio book version of Ken s hilarious, I Flunked Sunday School.Review:
Pure energy and keen imagination showcased by an author whose characters personae are conveyed through their actions. A thrilling, action packed view of what 'could have been' during one of our country's most critical periods. Dale Manguno Former Missile Launch Officer --Publisher
It was like reading my own voice... Authentic, honest--and terrifyingly true. Andrew Cole, Colonel. USAF (retired) --Publisher
A well-told tale of life as a missile crew member, with good technical base and excellent fiction about The Whiteman Scenario. Charlie Simpson, Colonel USAF (retired) Executive Director, Association of Air Force Missileers --The Missileer
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