15 Minutes

General Curtis LeMay and the Countdown to Nuclear Annihilation

L. Douglas Keeney

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Packed with startling revelations, this inside look at the secret side of the Cold War exposes just how close America came to total annihilation

During the Cold War, a flight crew had 15 minutes to get their nuke-laden plane in the air from the moment Soviet bombers were detected—15 minutes between the earliest warning of an incoming nuclear strike and the first flash of an enemy warhead. This is the chilling true story of the incredibly risky steps our military took to protect us from that scenario, including:

• Over two thousand loaded bombers that crossed American skies. They sometimes crashed and at least nine times resulted in nuclear weapons being accidentally dropped

• A system that would use timers and rockets to launch missiles even after everyone was dead

• Disastrous atmospheric nuclear testing including the horrific runaway bomb—that fooled scientists and put thousands of men in uniform in the center of a cloud of hot fallout

• A plan to use dry lake beds to rebuild and launch a fighting force in the aftermath of nuclear war

Based on formerly classified documents, military records, press accounts, interviews and over 10 years of research, 15 Minutes is one of the most important works on the atom bomb ever written.

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L. Douglas Keeney

L. DOUGLAS KEENEY is a military historian and researcher. He is the cofounder of The Military Channel on which he hosted a series called On Target. He has since appeared on The Discovery Channel, CBS, and The Learning Channel and is the author of numerous books of military history.

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15 Minutes
General Curtis LeMay and the Countdown to Nuclear Annihilation
L. Douglas Keeney

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
February 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250002082
ISBN10: 1250002087
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 400 pages, Includes one 16-page b&w photo sections
$17.99

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Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
February 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312611569
ISBN10: 0312611560
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 384 pages, plus one 16-page black-and-white photo insert
$26.99

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St. Martin's Press
February 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429992824
ISBN10: 1429992824
384 pages
$9.99
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