My first book, Without Warning, was written in 1985. Events of that time, could be frightening, yet inspiring. Now, with the influence of ‘retro’ styles and television series like ‘The Americans‘, it seems that interest in the ‘cold war era’ has been revived.
The ‘Cold war’ occurred during the late 1940’s through the early 1990’s and is a term to indicate that the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. never met in military combat. Instead, each country used psychological warfare and indirect confrontations to influence global events. At times, espionage and propaganda campaigns brought these two super powers to the brink of destruction.
The 1962 events of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the confrontation between U.S. President John F. Kennedy, and Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev, brought the world close to nuclear war for the first time.
Then, in 1983 a second event known as Able Archer, a NATO command post exercise, threatened our future once again. Relations between the two countries was at a new low and the U.S.S.R. was convinced that the U.S. was planning a first strike.
Members of the Politburo were upset about the Pershing II missiles being deployed in Western Europe by the U.S. and their concern about the Strategic Defense Initiative announced by President Ronald Reagan in 1983 caused General Secretary Yuri Andropov to accuse Reagan of inventing new ways of unleashing nuclear war. The United States had no intelligence to alert them to the events that were about to unfold.
Without Warning underlines the profound differences in the political and economic views of these two countries and speaks to the fear unleashed by Star Wars.