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don't waste your time,
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This review is from: A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon (Hardcover)
This books fails miserably on 2 grounds. First, Sheehan is a very poor historian. Apparently, he is working under some past review of his "perception" which doesn't show here. His so-call "history" of the Cold War is naive and amateurish. He continually berates American policy as backward and unaware of Stalin's "real" intentions. Can he be so stupid? Hindsight is always 20-20. He is judging past history not by what intelligence they had but by what we know now. How stupid! The second point on which this book fails is Sheehan's amateurish writing style. He love purple prose and his own self-judgement. He also love parentheses. He puts complete sentences - and even whole paragraphs! - into them.
Gen Schriever was a great figure in the creation of the ICBM and deserves a well-written, well-researched biography. Sadly, this naive piece of bad wriitng isn't it. Don't waste your time. Sheehan needs to go back to school instead of self-preening as an authority on anything. He didn't know who Gen Schreiver WAS until after starting this book. Duh!