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Dancing With Dragons: Close Calls with Nuclear Weapons
Flopping Aces ^ | 04-18-24 | Scott Malensek

Posted on 04/18/2024 9:03:05 AM PDT by Starman417

You’ve likely encountered films such as Dr. Strangelove, Fail Safe, or WarGames, narratives where the specter of nuclear war looms ominously, often triggered by a mere twist of fate. In my latest work, I delve into the unsettling realm of historical near-misses—moments when a convergence of computer glitches, radar anomalies, or communication breakdowns brought the world to the brink of nuclear Armageddon. Each chapter meticulously recounts instances where a stray aircraft carrying deadly cargo narrowly averted disaster or when a malfunctioning missile silo threatened to unleash unimaginable devastation.

What sets this exploration apart from conventional historical accounts is its narrative depth. Rather than a dry recitation of dates and incidents, this journey begins with H.G. Wells' prescient warnings preceding World War I. From there, it navigates through the tumult of both World Wars, the icy tensions of the Cold War, and into the unsettling present. It unveils the untold stories behind seemingly innocuous events, revealing how they morphed into existential crises.

Consider, for instance, a seemingly mundane occurrence: a flock of birds soaring over the Eastern Mediterranean. In isolation, it seems inconsequential. However, amidst the chaos of the Suez Crisis, this avian formation triggered a cascade of panic. Radar operators, gripped by tension, mistook the birds for enemy bombers, setting off a chain reaction of alarm. The airspace, already fraught with military fleets from various nations, teetered on the edge of chaos. Against a backdrop of international conflict and diplomatic brinkmanship, the world held its breath as the situation escalated. It was a moment poised on the precipice of annihilation, a testament to the fragile balance of power in a nuclear age.

This book is not merely a chronicle of events; it's a tapestry of human folly, hubris, and the caprice of fate. It's a reminder that history is not just a series of isolated incidents but a web of interconnected moments, each bearing the potential for cataclysmic consequences.

My journey with this manuscript began in 2016, at the behest of a publisher whose vision continually evolved. Through multiple iterations and revisions, I endeavored to capture the essence of these harrowing tales. Yet, it was a tumultuous path marked by shifting demands and diverging expectations. Ultimately, I embarked on an independent path, driven by a singular commitment to share these stories with the world.

As JFK poignantly remarked, we exist in a perpetual dance with destiny, where the specter of nuclear conflict looms ominously on the horizon. Napoleon's wisdom echoes through the corridors of history, reminding us of the perilous nexus between incompetence and catastrophe. In an age where headlines brim with tales of ineptitude and recklessness, this manuscript serves as a sobering reminder of our collective vulnerability.

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TOPICS: Books/Literature
KEYWORDS: nuclear; nukes; war

1 posted on 04/18/2024 9:03:05 AM PDT by Starman417
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To: Starman417

Thanks for posting - I’m always looking for something new to read...Amazon has it in paperback for $13.99. -0- for Kindle but I don’t do Kindle.

FReeper Bray autographed his “The Republic of Texas” for me - I’ve read it twice. I’m getting rid of books but I’m keeping my favorites, which his is....a favorite book is anything I’ll read again and again. At my age, I need to!

2 posted on 04/18/2024 9:16:54 AM PDT by Thank You Rush ( )
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To: Starman417

Statistically, if not even historically, it’s a miracle that we’ve not yet stumbled into a nuclear holocaust. I believe it further proves either God’s existence or the meddlesomeness of wiser, otherworldly Aliens.

3 posted on 04/18/2024 9:17:11 AM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: Thank You Rush

Any particular reason why you do not do Kindle? I am asking because I never 5hought I would given we have 20 full bookshelves in the house. But I really like reading on my Kindle tablet now. I can highlight for my classes research something I just cannot bring myself to do with a book. I have also read numerous space operas which are only found online. I also get ebooks from the library.

4 posted on 04/18/2024 11:16:14 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (Annie Savoy : The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness. )
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To: bravo whiskey

“”Any particular reason why you do not do Kindle?””

Probably for the same reason I don’t own a smart phone or a lap top computer or participate in FB - too old to change - set in my ways. I love books and I just don’t think I could look forward to my down time with a Kindle. It’s certainly not because people haven’t urged me to get one. “You’ll love it.” Sometimes fingers don’t even want to cooperate holding a book either as my reading time takes place in bed.

5 posted on 04/18/2024 12:41:12 PM PDT by Thank You Rush ( )
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