The Madman Theory by Harvey Simon is being released in October in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In the book Harvey puts a small twist on the election of 1960 by proposing the Nixon was the winner instead of Kennedy. The book then follows the actions that Nixon's "Madman Theory" of political power playing result in.
Personally I'm a bit young to really remember much of the Cold War and didn't know a ton about the Cuban Missile Crisis going into the book, but my limited knowledge did not take away from my understanding or enjoyment of the book.
I have always enjoyed history so this book held a lot of appeal to me. I was not disappointed in what I found between the covers of this one. While the book does not cover any actual battle, it does an excellent job building the tension of the men who were in the position to make the decision on whether or not to start a fight that could have led to the end of life as we know it. Nixon is shown as a thoughtful man who is riddled with insecurities, making him feel the need to prove how tough he really is to those around him. This makes the threat of war seem even more frightening, not knowing if he would order the nukes launched just to prove how tough he is.
This book is an excellent read for people who enjoy history and especially alternate timeline reading. Well done Mr. Simon.
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