SOMEONE WOULD HAVE TALKED KINDLE VERSION:
There has been a good bit of interest in a Kindle version of Someone Would Have Talked. We initially had a digital version available but certain formatting issues required it to be replaced – with Amazon that can be a protracted process. After much work the publisher has now made a new and updated Kindle version available through Amazon:
…for reference in purchasing, the 2010 paperback version of Someone Would Have Talked is the most current and did have a good deal of new material added. The new Kindle version is of the 2010 edition.
SURPRISE ATTACK ERRATA:
For those who have purchased – or may purchase – a copy of Surprise Attack, an abbreviated errata listing for the book is now available. It seems that no matter how many editors are originally involved, a number of both factual and usage errors get into any work, especially ones over 500 pages long. To my chagrin, Surprise Attack contains a couple of truly egregious errors such as an incredible (and wrong) speed for the V-2. There are also issues of certain military ranks and command structures for a given time and date, acronyms and the standard punctuation, tense and other grammatical blunders. I can honestly say that when you are writing about 60 years of history it’s possible to lose track of what rank was held by an officer at a certain point in time or what specific name and acronym was applicable to a unit – it seems units change designations at least as quickly as officer change rank.
Thanks to the diligent work of a reader, Bob Wanderer, an extended errata listing has been done for the book and will be provided to the editor. An abbreviated version which also contains a few elaborations, answers some questions and hopefully will be handy to readers. is provided below. Bob was a great help, I’ve already recommended him to one of my publishers for a future project.
MAD = Mutual Assured Destruction
VLF = Very Low Frequency signals; used in submarine communications
EMP = Electro Magnetic Pulse. Given that lightening and other sources can produce such effects, the EMP referred to in the context of atomic detonations should be Nuclear EMP or NEMP
Page 1 – Japan invaded and annexed Manchuria from Korea in 1931, after its prior invasion and occupation of Korea in 1910
Page 47 – both references to aircraft should be to a C-47
Page 54 – the correct ballistic flight speed for a V-2 is 3,580 mph (5,760 km/h)
Page 81 – Atomic Energy Commissions on line 22 should be Commission’s
Page 121 – on line 27 “rout“ is correct, not routed
Page 125 – President Truman, not Eisenhower, was advised of the suspected attack
Page 126 – The commander in Korea was General Matthew Ridgeway
Page 140 – line 13 “absolute” authority rather than absolutely
Page 151 – line 15 “burst” rather than bust
Page 164 – paragraph 2, Eisenhower was president in 1953, not Truman
Page 168 – up to five hundred in 1961, at the latest 1962
Page 168 – the bomber gap “had been essentially disproved” by U- 2 reconnaissance
Page 187 – paragraph 3, “posed” a decapitation threat, not posted
Page 201 – paragraph 2, “and determined that one pair”…
Page 205 – the U-2 targeted by radar was destroyed by a SAM missile, the pilot was killed
Page 210 – the acronym should be CINCSAC not CINSAC
Page 233 – “existing guidelines were dangerous”
Page 237 – Hanford, Washington not Oregon
Page 248 – A total exchange would have involved over 50,000 atomic weapons, however a
preemptive strike would likely have limited the exchange to something much less
since preemption would have targeted nuclear weapons systems
Page 262 – paragraph 2, preparations for the exercises had NOT been detected or reported
Page 295 – paragraph 1, presidents through Carter and Reagan (correct chronological order)
Page 304 – paragraph 1, National Security advisor Clarke (not Clark)
Page 306 – paragraph 3, Ohio “Class” nuclear submarines
Page 378 – FEMA should be the Federal Emergency Management Agency
Page 382 – The UN building is near the location of the World Trade Center Towers, some two
miles distant, rather than a few city blocks. The October exercise referred to was in
October, 2000, prior to the 2001 attacks of the following year.
Page 408 The squawking assumed in the exercise was at a minimum the routine signal which
would have allowed tracking the aircraft; we have insufficient detail on the exercise
know if the “emergency” squawk pattern was assumed (transponder code 7777) but
it appears that the exercise assumed a “substantial” time to respond it seems likely
that the response was to some form of voice or electronic alert from the aircraft.
Page 436 Flight 62 was an American Airlines flight, from Paris to Miami – it made an
emergency landing in Boston after the abortive bombing incident.
Page 459 The Iran hostage crisis began in 1979 and ended on January, 1981
Page 472 The CIA military contract employees used M-4 assault weapons but according to
available information they were allowed to select their own personal type so what
mix of semi-automatic and fully automatic weapons was in use is unclear.
Page 484 Marine Corps Embassy Security Group (MCESG)
Page 484 The tankers were Marine Corps KC130J Super Hercules aircraft