The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States
A Speculative Novel
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“A brilliantly conceived page-turner.”—Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation and Command and Control
“I couldn’t put the book down, reading most of it in the course of one increasingly intense evening. If fear of nuclear war is going to keep you up at night, at least it can be a page-turner.”—New Scientist
America lost 1.4 million citizens in the North Korean attacks of March 2020. This is the final, authorized report of the government commission charged with investigating the calamity.
“The skies over the Korean Peninsula on March 21, 2020, were clear and blue.” So begins this sobering report on the findings of the Commission on the Nuclear Attacks against the United States, established by law by Congress and President Donald J. Trump to investigate the horrific events of the next three days. An independent, bipartisan panel led by nuclear expert Jeffrey Lewis, the commission was charged with finding and reporting the relevant facts, investigating how the nuclear war began, and determining whether our government was adequately prepared for combating a nuclear adversary and safeguarding U.S. citizens. Did President Trump and his advisers understand North Korean views about nuclear weapons? Did they appreciate the dangers of provoking the country’s ruler with social media posts and military exercises? Did the tragic milestones of that fateful month—North Korea's accidental shoot-down of Air Busan flight 411, the retaliatory strike by South Korea, and the tweet that triggered vastly more carnage—inevitably lead to war? Or did America’s leaders have the opportunity to avert the greatest calamity in the history of our nation?
Answering these questions will not bring back the lives lost in March 2020. It will not rebuild New York, Washington, or the other cities reduced to rubble. But at the very least, it might prevent a tragedy of this magnitude from occurring again. It is this hope, more than any other, that inspired The 2020 Commission Report.
Liked the concept in practice kinda dry. If I would guess this guy hates trump, became a little too obvious at points
Every Page Seems Plausible
Last night I read the 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States: A Speculative Novel.
Everyone of a certain age remembers the made-for-television movie ”The Day After, ” which imagined a nuclear war between the US and the Soviet Union. This ”speculative novel” is similar in that it imagines how a nuclear conflict between the US and North Korea might erupt based on misunderstandings and incorrect assumptions by Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un and their two staffs (along with the South Korean government).
It is a horrifying read because every page seems plausible.
A modern day Dr Strangelove, with fewer laughs and more anger stoked anxiety.
The most terrifying part of the nuclear confrontation described is the small part I think the author got wrong - SPOILER
however when the president asks for the football, with the intention of nuking North Korea and China, in real life the officer holding in the football would probably just click his heels and execute the order, and that would be the last civilization would know of it self. I say this as a veteran, and former member of the Strategic Air Command.
- Category: Fiction & Literature
- Published: Aug 07, 2018
- Publisher: HMH Books
- Seller: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
- Print Length: 208 Pages
- Language: English