George B. Mair
- Title: The Day Khruschev Panicked
- Author: George B. Mair
- ISBN: null
- Page: 499
- Format: Hardcover
During the third week in September, 1960, most people were settling back into their jobs after a wet and frustrating summer Tottenham Hotspur had just begun an unprecedented run of soccer victories Lady Chatterley was nervously awaiting trial at the Old Bailey, and in America the Election campaign was working up to a heated and exciting climaxAt this point, says GeorgDuring the third week in September, 1960, most people were settling back into their jobs after a wet and frustrating summer Tottenham Hotspur had just begun an unprecedented run of soccer victories Lady Chatterley was nervously awaiting trial at the Old Bailey, and in America the Election campaign was working up to a heated and exciting climaxAt this point, says George Mair, the Third World War failed to break out by a hairsbreadth In mid Atlantic, on board the ship Baltika, plodding slowly towards the Fifteenth Session of the United Nations, Nikata Khruschev, together with other Communist leaders, waited tensely for confirmation that a Russian satellite was in orbit, ready to unleash on selected targets in the United States a holocaust of unimaginable proportions But the signal did not arrive The satellite had failed and with it a simple, but utterly deadly plan for bringing the Western world to its knees through a new weapon called anti matter , immeasurably powerful than the hydrogen bomb Not only was his unique opportunity for world domination lost, but Khruschev was left in no doubt that at the first sign of Russian aggression, he and his bizarre boat load would be sent to the bottom by the submarine which shadowed the Baltika.A fantastic idea The product of some headline seeking journalist s overenthusiastic imagination By no means The author of this extraordinary book is a Scottish doctor, lecturer, and traveller His interest in world events is acute, but he is no sensation bent newshound.A chance remark, the phrase anti matter , overheard at a cocktail party in the American Embassy in Moscow in 1958, began for him an amazing train of events which was to involve him in secret police interrogations in Bulgaria, and the initial rumblings of the Turkish Revolt of 1960 in Ankara, where he heard details of Russian plans, based on the successful tests of their new secret weapon, for destroying the West.How this was to come about the dispersal of all key Russian personnel to bases outside the U.S.S.R in the Congo, Laos, Cuba, Abyssinia, and Cambodia, where they would sit out the inevitable retaliation period the relation of world events during the last three years to this plan, in particular the U.2 affair, about which Dr Mair has some interesting speculations and why, in the end, the plan failed, form the subject of this quite unique book.This description is from the front and rear flaps of the dust jacket of the first edition published by Cassel in 1961.
Recent Comments "The Day Khruschev Panicked"
It's unclear from the book cover whether this was intended to be fiction or non-fiction. It turns out to be fiction, which was against my initial expectations. Knowing that, the book is not very engaging and is based on a bit of a strange premise involving anti-matter weapons. Nothing to see here.
What an odd book! Part travelogue, part spy manual, part political debate about Democracy vs Communism, and all speculation about Khrushchev's failed plans to rule world. Mair wrote a series of spy novels after this book was published, but could any part of this tale be true? Will we ever know?
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