Early this morning I was surprised to hear the unmistakable voice of Art Bell, creator of the late-night radio program Coast to Coast AM taking the airwaves, for one of his now-seldom annual appearances on the show (these usually coincide with holidays). To add further excitement to the situation, I also recognized the voice of his guest, author William R. Forstchen, an excellent writer and an acquaintance of mine, whom I met several years ago at a conference in Asheville, North Carolina.
Forstchen, having authored numerous books with Newt Gingrich, is a New York Times Best-Selling author and expert on military history, as well as a professor at Montreat College outside of Black Mountain, NC. The subject on the table during Art’s interview last night was Forstchen’s new book, One Second After, which follows the struggle of John Matherson, a retired Colonel who lives with his family in Black Mountain, NC, during the weeks and months that unfold after an EMP strike against the United States by an unknown foreign enemy.
I’ll keep my endorsement simple and short: You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to buy this book and read it as soon as possible.
Never before, according to Forstchen, has their been a greater threat to the nation than an EMP attack. This, in essence, involves a nuclear device detonated in the upper stratosphere, causing a “shock wave” in the form of an electromagnetic pulse, capable of knocking out the electrical grid over large stretches of country below where the initial blast occurred. “EMP is a real threat, I believe the most underestimated threat in the history of our country,” Forstchen says at his website. “In the late 1930s we completely underestimated the Japanese and the potentials of a new technology… carrier based aviation. I