One Second After by William R. Forstchen
It’s rare that I read or recommend fictional works any more. Not because I have anything against them. It’s just that I have so much juicy non-fiction work I’m dying to get to, I find myself reading less and less fiction. However, One Second After is a very important book. In this New York Times best seller William Forstchen spins a fictional story that illustrates the real life threat of Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) attacks. EMP attacks might be the greatest threat to the U.S. yet most people in our society have never even heard of them. An EMP attack would shut down most of the nations power grid, all computers, radios, telecommunications, television, transportation both motor vehicles and aircraft. We would be within a second pounded back into the dark ages with no hope of reversal within months or years. If I bring up this topic most people are truly lost. I find the best way to open their minds is through this great fictional story that was written to illustrate the very real threat. This author is intimate and knowledgeable on the topic and spun a great fictional story based on something very real.
After reading this and opening your mind to this subject suddenly many reported and mis-reported stories have new meaning. Not only is EMP something that would end the U.S. forever, it’s very much within the capability of small rogue nations like Iran to pull off. Combine that with the fact it attacks our biggest Achilles heel weakness of our military might being high tech, computer based, and solid state based technology. Suddenly with this new awareness the reports of North Korea’s nuclear test a couple years ago have new meaning. The main stream lying media quoted all these scientist saying “their test were a failure since the signature of their bomb test were small”. They conveniently ignored the many nuclear scientist that were openly alarmed because that small signature was exactly what you would d see in and EMP program. Same scenario with the Iran missile tests. They were exploding in mid air which the press said was failure because it didn’t reach their targets on the ground. But in an EMP program the targets wouldn’t be on the ground. Then you have the mystery contrail off of California this last year that many thought were a missile. Press tried to say it was an airplane but the many experts on missiles and aircraft didn’t quite see it that way.
Of course our government is completely aware of all of this. Some of our congressman have introduced bills that would initiate our government hardening our defenses against EMP attacks with no success in getting them passed. There is something we can do about this threat but we don’t. Yet our own government military experts predict that in the first 6 months to 1 year after an EMP attack more than 100 million of our 310 million citizens would die. The United States as we know it would never recover.
This book is worth your time way beyond the entertainment of fiction. It’s an important introduction to a very real and serious topic that most in America are completely in the dark about. If this book doesn’t prompt you to immediately read another book I review title How To Survive The End Of The World As We Know It by James Wesley Rawles then you are just a hopeless case. Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!