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A Nation Forsaken: EMP: The Escalating Threat of an American Catastrophe [Hardcover]

Michael Maloof
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January 3, 2013 1936488566 978-1936488568 1

There have been warnings from scientists and other experts for years that the Nation's electrical grid system and other critical infrastructures that have almost complete dependency on electricity and electronic components are highly vulnerable to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event either from natural or man-made causes.

However, Congress and the administrations of previous and current presidents largely have ignored those warnings. Events such as the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the United States and then the devastating Hurricane Katrina that revealed vulnerabilities to those infrastructures heightened that concern. Due to the lapse of time and a relatively calm period since those disasters, policymakers have been lulled back into complacency rather than take preventative action against what could be the biggest threat to US national and economic security in our lifetime. 

The threat from an EMP attack on our critical infrastructures either from an impending solar storm of serious intensity – expected between 2012 and 2014 – or a high-altitude nuclear explosion are threats that could have long-term catastrophic consequences for our society and our way of life.

In 2008 a congressional commission studied the consequences of an EMP attack not only the power grid itself but also the consequences to every sector of our economy: telecommunications, banking, transportation, food, manufacturing, construction, and energy.

While these critical infrastructures continue to face such an impending crisis, Congress has basically ignored its own commission report and instead has treated the threat of an EMP event as a political football to be punted whenever expedient for their own gain. To date, still nothing has been done to protect the nation. 

Michael Maloof breaks down that threat in his book A Nation Forsaken. He even outlines how our own military is similarly vulnerable to an EMP event due to its 99 percent dependency on the nation's electrical grid system for electricity and communications, raising the high prospect that it may not be able to function to defend the nation in its time of greatest need.

While an EMP event on our civilian infrastructure could be serious, it can be managed if government at the federal, state, and local levels gives a high priority to undertake preventative action to lessen its impact to recover from such an event. Now is the time for Congress to act and stop forsaking our nation. 

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About the Author

F. Michael Maloof, a former senior security policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, has almost 30 years of federal service in the U.S. Defense Department and as a specialized trainer for border guards and Special Forces in select countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia. While with the Department of Defense, Maloof was Director of Technology Security Operations as head of a 10-person team involved in halting the diversion of militarily-critical technologies to countries of national security and proliferation concern and those involved in sponsoring terrorism. His office was the liaison to the intelligence and enforcement community within the Office of the Secretary of Defense in halting diversions and using cases that developed from them as early warnings to decision-makers of potential policy issues. Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States, Maloof was detailed back to report directly to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy to prepare analysis of worldwide terrorist networks, determine their linkages worldwide and their relationship to state sponsors. Prior to his career at the Defense Department, Maloof was a legislative assistant to various U.S. Senators specializing in national security and international affairs. In between working at the U.S. Senate and the Defense Department, Maloof was a special Washington correspondent for The Detroit News, a reporter for a specialized newsletter at U.S. News & World Report and Washington correspondent for The Union Leader in Manchester, NH. Maloof makes his home in Reston, Va., with his family, including their 135-lb red Doberman.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: WND Books; 1 edition (January 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936488566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936488568
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended January 8, 2013
By William
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Just finished reading this book cover to cover. As a person who has studied EMP - and implemented post-EMP survival strategies for my loved ones - I found this book to be very informative, in particular Chapter 9 dealing with what you can do to be prepared, as well as the printed overview of the EMP Commission Executive Report (2004). Here is a list of the chapters in this well written book;
Chapter one: A direct attack on our nations capital
Two: The eastern united states - someday soon
Three: Our nation's core vulnerability - the power grid
Four: A direct hit - from the sun
Five: The route back to the nineteenth century
Six: Why haven't we been told?
Seven: What is the current threat assessment?
Eight: We can still do the right thing
Nine: One second after - literally
Plus Appendix's and end notes
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nation Forsaken May 2, 2013
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The book is well written, and very appropriate for today's reliance upon sensitive electronics. The title is a bit gloomier than it should be, as we do have methods to better prepare for an EMP attack. We just need to convince our public officials to improve our defensive posture.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Electro-magnetic pulse May 7, 2013
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Damage that could be caused by an EMP would devastate the United States and set it back a century. A potential EMP could occur naturally through major sunspots or through a terrorist attack. A Nation Forsaken tells how the United States government has basically ignored this threat and is far from prepared to survive one. This should scare every thinking person and generate a groundswell of grassroots support to encourage our government to take this seriously and start hardening our electronics that are vital to our nations defense so they will be able to survive such an event.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-Opening Read January 28, 2013
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This book was excellent. It really gave me a much larger grasp on the threats surrounding both emp-bombs and solar flares. This book is very much worth purchasing, and anyone who wants to know more about the possible threats of an EMP must read this. The author is very concise and keeps the book very organized, as well as creating excellent scenarios that make the threat real.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very informative book. January 28, 2013
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I think everybody should read this book. If you think you are safe and things can't go bad for this country you are very wrong. Check into this book, it will show you what you might expect when an EMP takes place and there is a list of survival equipment that might help you make it through it all. I would highly recommend it to any serious prepper or survivalist.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read to know what is to come. February 3, 2013
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This is a book that must be read by all Americans that love their country. So many do not realize where we are heading if we don't wake up to what is happening in our nation and around the world. Although this book is a tough read it is well worth the time to digest what is being said.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The facts about EMP January 19, 2013
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The facts about EMP and how the government is hiding from the truth. Let's hope we never get first hand experience, unfortunately we probably will someday.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nation Forsaken: EMP : The escalation threat February 4, 2013
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Great book. Not a novel, but filled with good scientific information about an EMP event, covering man made or solar.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Opened my eyes!
The evidence is powerful. The documentation is affirming! A must read for every American. We, as a nation, need to demand that our government put in place the protections required... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Julie G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Facing Our Vulnerabilities
This is important information. We need to understand our vulnerability to EMP whether from solar storms or terrorists dedicated to the collapse of the United States. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Tom Killoran
5.0 out of 5 stars Priority reading
Excellent book, every American should read this book. Don't be ignorant to what's going on, this book just might save your life..
Published 18 days ago by Laura Elkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Research
This is about the best book on the EMP issue I have read. It is both a primer and an in depth analysis of the threat. It is well written and readable. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A book we all need to read
Wow we all need to read this book, to be informed about our electric grid and what we should do about a concerned that can effective all of our lifes. Thanks Mr. Maloof. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Reba JOHNSON
5.0 out of 5 stars A warning to America
EMP is the greatest threat to the America's existence and yet it goes almost unmentioned. If an EMP is successfully executed America's electrical infrastructure will dissolve. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Charles Kramer
5.0 out of 5 stars This book makes one very aware of the most current events, that...
Newt Gingrich also agreed with Michael Maloof that not only are all of our Government Official aware of how, of the Escalation that we have not upgraded the Infrastructure and our... Read more
Published 27 days ago by david claflin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
This is a very important book. Michael Maloof is a man who is very knowledgable and was a high ranking official who knows what he's talking about. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rachel Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Very worthwhile reading.
There is only one product in the world that is manufactured, transported, distributed and used all in the same second. Read more
Published 1 month ago by PhotoJoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Informational Book
Lots of good information about emp and such. History, explainations, decisions our leaders or lack of have made in preparation etc. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Keith Easterling
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