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History, Biographies and Systems

Three Books by Maj Gen (Ret) Chris Adams, an AAFM member - more infomation at and the books are available from Amazon - Inside the Cold War, A Cold Warrior's Reflections, about SAC combat crew duty (Free for active duty and retired from AU),  Deterrence: Enduring Strategy, about the men and women from SAC leasders to combat crew members involved in deterrence, Ideologies in Conflict, a detailed history of work in the soviet Union, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus immediately after the Cold War ended

Three books by former Secretary of the Air Force and AAFM member Tom Reed, available at Amazon - At The Abyss, personal stories of  the Cold War, some recounted by Tom when he spoke at AAFM events, The Nuclear Express, a history of nuclear weapon development that covers every country that developed or attempted to develop the bomb, The Reagaon Enigma, a history of Ronald Reagan's campaigns for governor of California

Command and Control, by Eric Schlosser - In the author’s words, about “nuclear weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety.”  Source for a 2016 PBS Documentary

Thunder over Dakota, by Lt Col (Ret) George Larson - a history of Ellsworth AFB, SD, that focuses on the Bomb Wing, with chapters about missiles, the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and the 4 ACCS.

The US Nuclear Arsenal, by Norman Polmar and Robert Norris, is a review of every nuclear weapon and delivers system in planned, developed or fielded by the US since the advent of the atomic age.

History of the 556th SMS at Plattsburgh, by former Plattsburg NCO and AAFM Member John Stone.

Camp Cooke and Vandenberg Air Force Base, 1941-1966, by retired Vandenberg historian Jeffery Geiger.

Images of America: Vandenberg Air Force Base by AAFM Member Joe Page.  A pictorial history covers the base from the early days as Camp Cooke through present day Space and Missile training and launch site.

Project Emily - Thor IRBM and the RAF, by AAFM Member John Boyes - a complete history of Thor in the United Kingdom.

Thor Ballistic Missile: The US and the UK, by John Boyes - his second book on the Thor

Titan II Handbook, by Chuck Penson - a complete review of Titan II, contact Chuck at 4310 N Old Tucson Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743

The Missile Next Door, by Gretchen Heffner - a look at our civilian neighbors in the missile fields, biased towards "we shouldn't be there."

DEFCON-2, by Norman Polmar and John Gresham - a history of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Velocity, Speed with Direction, by AAFM Member Lt Gen Aloysius  Casey his son, Patrrick - the biography of General Jerome O'Malley. Order at

Titan II, by AAFM Member David Stumpf - an outstanding history of Titan II.

TAC Missileers, by George Mindling and Bob Bolton - a history of Matador and Mace

Images of America series: Holloman AFB, by AAFM Member Joe Page - including photos of Snark, Matador and Mace at Holloman.

Space Launch Comples 10, Vandenberg's Cold War National Monument, by  Je Page - documents the hisorynof SLC-10 and Thor programs at Vandenberg.  The site was used to train RAF crews and later for NRO launches.  It is now home to the Vandenberg Museum

Making of the Atomic Bomb, by Richard Rhodes (We have several other good histories of nucleardevelopment in our library.)

A Fiery Peace in a Cold War, by Neil Sheehan - biographiy of General Bernard Schriever. Many AAFM  Members pointed out errors and misconceptions in his book.

Not For Ourselves Alone, by AAFM Member Gary Conine - the evolution and role of the Titan II in the Cold War. - a history of the Cuban Missile Crisis with conclucions that many members disagreed with.

Mission with LeMay, by General Cutris LeMay and McKinley Kantor - LeMay's autobiography, with candid comments on leadership, ICBMs and much more.  Another good LeMay bio is Iron Eagle, and there are several more in our library.

An Untaken Road, by Steven Pomeroy - a history of America's look at Mobile ICBMs.

Somalia Diary, by AAFM Member Bil Sims - his diary of service there duign the Black Hawk Down period.

Titan Tales, by AAFM Member John Womack - diary of a Titan II missile crew commander.

The Changing Culture of the MIssileers, by AAFM Member Col Larry Hasbrouck - his stoies of missile duty.

A Fighting Chance - the Moral Use of Nuclear Weapons, by AAFM Member Col Joseph Martino

UFOs and Nuke, by AAFM Member Robert Hastings - extraordinary encourters at nuclear weapons sites

Thor - Anatomy of a Weapon System, by AAFM Member Geoff Goodchild - a look at the technical side of the missile as based in the UK from 1959 to 1963


The Cerebus Option, by AAFM Member Greg Garza, a novel abvout missile maintainer Mike Tanner and the potentioal launch of a modified Minuteman "bunker buster" agaipnst North Korea

Death from Below, by Lt Col (Ret) Philip Moore - a novel about crews and their women.

The Whiteman Scenario, by Steve McCurdy - a novel about crew members and maintenance at Whiteman.

Random Factor, by AAFM Member Jeff Bair, a novel about missile crews and a special launch at Ellsworth AFB, SD, along with a look at the area and its Native American heritage, available at

Blue Gemini, by Mike Jenne -  about a secret space mission. Available

Red Eagle, by AAFM Member Maj Gen Chris Adams - a story of Cold War Espionage.

Launch Enable, by AAFM Member Carlo Croce - a novel about Mace in Okinawa.