ix, 368 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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Introduction by George H.W. Bush.
An unvarnished view of America's fight against Communism, from the end of WWII to the closing of the Strategic Air Command.
Communist takeovers and makeovers -- The fifties unfold -- The Paparazzi pilots -- Howard Hughes supplies the props -- Rockets and missiles -- Sputnik and the missile gap -- Nuclear weapons and the Soviet Union -- The American cyberskippers -- The resumption of nuclear tests -- Getting started in Vietnam -- Winter on the Spanish coast -- Dawn of the information age -- The Air Force recovers from Vietnam -- Inefficiency kills, empires as well as people -- President Reagan sets up the checkmate -- Ghost stories from the Reagan White House -- The queen of hearts -- Cheney, Powell, and the nuclear genie -- The closers -- The Soviet solstice -- The heroes -- Closing down.