Cold War Plans That Never Happened
Coups, Assassinations and Nuclear Attacks - Cancelled Operations of the Cold War
By Michael Kerrigan (Author)
From a NATO nuclear attack on the Soviet Union to a Warsaw Pact land assault on Western Europe, Cold War Plans That Never Happened reveals the unlikely, even unthinkable operations contemplated during that tense era. Exploring such possibilities as the installation of an electric fence between North and South Vietnam, the construction of a US base on the moon, Chiang Kai Shek’s scheme to reinvade China from Taiwan, and America’s proposal to oust Guatemalan President Jacobo Árbenz, this book explains the context of each strategy, its possible outcome, and what the impact might have been if it had been implemented. Arranged by continent, this engrossing history includes easy-to-read fact boxes with the intended date, purpose, and forces. Rare photographs and illustrations testify to how seriously these plots were considered.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Michael Kerrigan was educated at St. Edward’s College and University College, Oxford, England. His books include The History of Death, A Dark History: The Roman Emperors, Ancients In Their Own Words, World War II Plans That Never Happened, and American Presidents: A Dark History. He is a columnist, book reviewer, and feature writer for publications including the Scotsman and the Times Literary Supplement. He lives in Edinburgh.