Skip to comments.One Second After
Posted on 09/06/2009 7:04:14 PM PDT by immadashell
I have just finished reading William R. Forstchen's new novel One Second After. Briefly, it is about the instantaneous breakdown of American way of life as the result of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) which disables the nation's electrical grid as well as all sophisticated electrical components in cars (they stop), planes (they crash), telecomunications of every sort, etc. leaving the population in a world similar to that of the Eighteenth Century. Shortages of every variety create societal strains, chaos, death and destruction in a matter of weeks and months. Forstchen's book (with a forward written by Newt Gingrich), while fiction, creates a scenario which can happen to us today, since the technology already exists. The possibility of this devastation has been largely ignored by our politicians and media, and, to a lesser extent, by the military. Only a very small proportion of our citizens has ever heard about EMP. Even fewer have taken measures to deal with it. Experts on the subject have no doubt about whether we will have to eventually face such an attack. They only question when it will occur.
After reading this book, my first thought was we spend billions (potentially trillions) of dollars preparing for a hypothetical calamity we are powerless over like global warming and yet ignore preparing for this ultimate weapon of asymmetrical warfare.
I highly recommend this very frightening but readable new book. It is science fiction (#1 on Amazon) today but could be reality One Second After.
Who needs an EMP when we have a president who will achieve the same goal.
Sounds real uplifting ... read it before bed and never sleep again.
Sounds interesting. Thanks for the scoop. I may pick up a copy.
I don’t want to think about this kind of stuff. If things go badly i’ll go out in a blaze of glory defending my stuff. I’ll be like the guy riding the A-bomb out out the bomb bay (can’t remember his name)
In the book the president dies because Air Force One has not been hardened against EMP and crashes.
I read it shortly after it was published. It is a sobering and IMHO probably quite accurate prediction of what this country would be like in a post-EMP situation.
I also believe that more than likely this is exactly what Ahmadinejad has in mind for us.
. Dr. Strangelove
That was the movie. Slim Pickens was the actor.
Sounds like a fairy tale. In reality, I see AF1 delivering the EMP.
I read the entire book and I recommend it highly for you guys to so!
It provided much sobering thought how a simple weapon can wreck such civilization as we know it!
And that weapon exists today!
Think about it!
No this was a cowboy...Studs terkel, no that’s not it. damn it’s on the tip of my tongue...
Major “King” Kong was the character.
Thanks!! I didn’t realize that was the movie.
Patriots is another post apocalyptic book that illustrates survival methods.
On my shelf already. Just haven’t gotten to read it yet.
That was Slim Pickins as Major T.J. “King” Kong going down with him bomb.
For 45 extra bonus points, What was the target of his bomb?
The actor's name was Slim Pickens. One of my favorite character actors from the sixties.
Too bad life isn't quite like that. It is Hobbesian. Nasty, short, and brutish. But these fools still believe the ‘police’ of today believe in service when they taser granny, or blow a pastor away in the foolishly named ‘drug war’.
They will be the first to be killed by that Hobbesian world, because they are the weak fools that think todays society is geared to protect them from the ‘bad guys’.
Fools. But they still think themselves superior. Too funny. They will die wondering what the f**k happened.