By Neil Sheehan

During this long-awaited heritage, Neil Sheehan, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the nationwide publication Award, describes the US-Soviet fingers race during the tale of the colourful and visionary American Air strength officer, Bernard Schriever. This never-before-told tale information Schriever’s quest to avoid the Soviet Union from buying nuclear superiority, and describes American efforts to advance the unstoppable nuclear-weapon supply method, the intercontinental ballistic missle, the 1st guns intended to discourage an atomic holocaust instead of to be fired in anger. during this sweeping narrative, Sheehan brings to existence an enormous solid of a few of the main fascinating characters of the chilly conflict, together with the intense physicist John Von Neumann, and the hawkish Air strength normal, Curtis LeMay. Melding biography, heritage, global affairs, and technological know-how, A Fiery Peace in a chilly conflict transports the reader backward and forward from person drama to international level.

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Kelly Field on the edge of the city was the Air Corps’ main center for advanced pilot training. ” Golf had also played its part in attracting him to flying because he had first caddied for and then played with and against the Air Corps officers who frequented the Brackenridge Park course. Schriever looked up to them as an elite. This was the romantic era of flying, of white silk scarves, leather helmets and goggles, and open cockpits, the First World War exploits of the German knight of the sky, Baron Manfred von Richthofen, and the American Ace of Aces, Edward V.

Schriever’s mother, Elizabeth Milch, a pleasing dark brunette with bright blue eyes and a strong will, had left Germany as a teenager to work in the household of a German family who owned a pharmacy in lower Manhattan. She had initially dated Schriever’s paternal uncle, George Schriever, who had immigrated to Union City, New Jersey, and become a prosperous baker and delicatessen owner there. But George was a bon vivant determined to remain a bachelor (“He played the field,” his nephew recalled) and so he introduced Elizabeth to his brother Adolph, a tall stalk of a man with blond hair and a neat mustache who was an engineering officer on the passenger liners of the North German Lloyd Company.

By his senior year at A&M, again captain of the golf team, he was a scratch player: he had to maintain a consistent average of playing up to par. He gained a mention in Ripley’s Believe It or Not for three times driving more than 300 yards to the same green on the Brackenridge course and one-putting for an eagle. The year he graduated, 1931, he won the Texas state junior amateur championship and the city championship in San Antonio, where he had become a local golf celebrity. Now approaching his full adult height of six feet, three inches, but still trimmer than the 180 pounds of muscle and bone he was eventually to weigh, he was a figure of angular elegance on the course, wavy dark brown hair over slim, well-cut features with the bright blue eyes he had inherited from his mother.

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