One Second After – Bookcast #27

One Second After (2009) by William Forstchen

New York Times best selling author William R. Forstchen has written a novel about a terrifyingly real threat…a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after losing a war that will send America back to the Dark Ages…A war based upon a weapon, an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) device, a weapon that may already be in the hands of our enemies.

Months before publication, One Second After had already been cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read, a book already being discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at a weapon and its awesome power to destroy the entire United States, literally within one second. It is a weapon that the Wall Street Journal warns could shatter America. In the tradition of On the BeachFail Safe and Testament, this book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future…and our end.

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“One Second After” Show Notes

  • What this book is about:
    • At 4:50 p.m. EST on the second Tuesday of May, the phone lines in Black Rock, North Carolina suddenly go dead, along with all the electrical appliances. Within hours it becomes clear that this is no ordinary blackout. Every modern electrical device in the country is destroyed by what John Matherson is beginning to suspect is an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the United States.
  • What Forstchen sets out to do / Purpose of the book
    • Describe an important potential failure in our nation’s infrastructure planning, and tell it in a story format – this book is interwoven with warnings of , “if only we would have planned for this before…”
  • What challenges/problems does One Second After attempt to solve?
    • To describe what the complete collapse of society would look like. Getting thrown back 150 years in a matter of a couple days. Creating a new society while still maintaining what the history of the USA was. The problems that our current society has that are masked with drugs/technology/ etc are all laid out bare.
  • The intended audience of the book / Who will benefit most
    • Anyone who doesn’t know about EMP
    • Anyone who have no idea how vulnerable ALL our systems are in 2021
    • Anyone who loves post-apocalyptic stories
    • Preppers (basically porn for them)
  • Who probably WON’T like “One Second After”
    • People who can’t stomach Game of Thrones
    • People with hardcore existential angst
    • People who are addicted to their technology (FB, Instagram, iPhone addicts, etc)
  • How does this book specifically benefit Men? 
    • When society ultimately falls apart, it’s going to be up to the men to lead their families and communities. Now is the time to start learning how to do that.
  • Is this book Easy, Average or Difficult to read? / How long is it?
    • Easy to read, almost true to life what could really happen
    • Print: 351 pages
    • Audio: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • What are the overall book reviews? Is the book well-known? Popular? Significant?
  • Movie Adaptation – Not yet but it would make a great one!
  • Short Bio of William Forstchen
    • William R. Forstchen (born October 11, 1950) is an American historian and author. A Professor of History and Faculty Fellow at Montreat College, in Montreat, North Carolina, he received his doctorate from Purdue University.
    • He has published numerous popular novels and non-fiction works about military and alternative history, thrillers, and speculative events. His three alternate history novels of the Civil War were co-written with politician Newt Gingrich; two also had the participation of writer Albert S. Hanser. He and the other two men have also written three novels about General George Washington during the American Revolutionary War.
    • Has written over 50 books including: Star Trek: The Next Generation The Forgotten War (1999)
  • Table of Contents / Breakdown of Themes
    • The Fragile Bonds of Civilization
    • Tribes
    • Self Reliance


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