For those interested, I will be spending an hour or more this evening with Brent Holland on his Nightfright show this evening. You can listen in live:
Or stream it later from the Night Fright web site. We will be focusing on Surprise Attack and spending time on both 9/11 and Benghazi. It ought to be interesting, Brent tells me that he has recently interviewed an officer who was in the White House bunker on 9/11 and describes it as Cheney and Rice’s best hour. My view is a good bit different so that dialog should be educational for both of us. We will also be comparing command and control and the overall national security response on 9/11 to that following JFK’s assassination in 1963. I presented on that at the November in Dallas JFK Lancer conference last month, bench-marking events on Air Force One and at the Pentagon in 1963 not only to 9/11 but to the shooting of President Reagan. That was well received and most present were surprised since normally the events of November 22, 1963 are discussed in isolation, without relating them to other similar crises.
The good news on Surprise Attack is that within two months of publication its now in over 300 libraries including almost all major US Universities and a number of overseas locations. Its also making its way into military and intelligence institutes and even to the FBI’s academic library. Getting Shadow Warfare and Surprise Attack into libraries is a major goal for me, Shadow Warfare topped out at around 400, hopefully Surprise Attack will follow. The down side is that retail sales and most especially online sales have fallen below hopes, that never pleases authors or publishers. We are not sure why, the topic would seem to be extremely relevant and contemporary, both in regards to events like Benghazi, the interdiction of lone wolf terror attacks and the emergence of what is coming close to a renewed Cold War – in that regard things are playing out far to close to what I predicted in the last chapter to suit me, I would have preferred to be wrong on that.
The book has gotten overwhelmingly good reviews, but the media traction and name recognition is just not there to boost the sales – not uncommon for history books unless you are a news or entertainment figure putting out history titles…just the way of the world. In any event, listen in to Brent and I if you have a chance and feel free to raise your own questions here. I plan to follow up with some remarks from the NID conference shortly, before Christmas if at all possible, so stay tuned for that as well.