One Second After

One Second After

By (author) Dr William R Forstchen , Foreword by Dr Newt Gingrich


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New York Times best selling author William R. Forstchen now brings us a story which can be all too terrifyingly real...a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war that will send America back to the Dark Ages...A war based upon a weapon, an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP). A weapon that may already be in the hands of our enemies. " Months before publication, "One Second After" has already been cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read, a book already being discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at a weapon and its awesome power to destroy the entire United States, literally within one second. It is a weapon that the "Wall Street Journal" warns could shatter America. In the tradition of "On the Beach," "Fail Safe" and "Testament," this book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future...and our end.

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  • Paperback | 511 pages
  • 104.14 x 187.96 x 30.48mm | 272.15g
  • 01 Jun 2011
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765356864
  • 9780765356864
  • 17,829

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Author Information

William R. Forstchen is the author of "We Look Like Men of War," among numerous other books in diverse subjects ranging from history to science fiction. He has co-authored several books with Newt Gingrich, including "Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War," "Pearl Harbor," "Days of Infamy," "To Try Men's Souls" and "Valley Forge." Forstchen holds a Ph.D. in History from Purdue University, with specializations in military history and the history of technology. He is currently a Faculty Fellow and Professor of History at Montreat College, near Asheville North Carolina. He is a pilot and flies an original WWII recon "warbird." He resides near Asheville with his daughter Meghan.

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The only thing more terrifying than this masterfully crafted story is the possibility of it actually happening--and not a damn thing being done to protect us." --W.E.B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth IV "Forstchen's work has flair and power.--Joel Rosenberg, author of The Sleeping Dragon

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A tragic but vital read

I saw this book recommended on survivalist / prepper forums with the caveat that whilst an excellent piece of TEOTWAWKI fiction it was a bit of a clunky read. I agree that it has been poorly edited and I struggled to get past the first few pages but once it got me hooked I couldn't put it down. The author has done a thorough job of fully exploring how a long-term disaster might impact a community complete with hunger, disease, mental illness, leadership, ethics and armed conflict with criminals and gangs. This isn't Hollywood; it's a tragic story full of death and sorrow. This book will hopefully encourage you to take disaster preparation more
by Nathanael Boehm