Cold War Texas

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In an era when miscalculation or mistake could lead to global annihilation, Texas operated twelve Atlas F intercontinental ballistic missile launch sites near Abilene’s Dyess Air Force Base. Nuclear-capable Nike Hercules surface-to-air antiaircraft missiles protected Austin and the Metroplex from a Soviet bomber attack. An American pilot stationed at Laughlin Air Force Base near Del Rio was the only fatality of the Cuban Missile Crisis. After he was accused of spying for the Soviet Union, former Ranger College professor Maurice Halperin fled the country. Amarillo’s Pantex plant, where three employees died in a 1977 explosion, maintains the security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear weapons arsenal. Landry Brewer explores how the Lone Star State shaped American Cold War policy.
ISBN: 9781467152471
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Texas
Images: 66
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Landry Brewer is Bernhardt Assistant Professor of History for Southwestern Oklahoma State University and teaches at the Sayre campus. Brewer is also the author of Cold War Oklahoma and Cold War Kansas. He and his wife, Erin, have five children and live in Elk City, Oklahoma.
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