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Blackout Wars is about the historically unprecedented threat to our electronic civilization from its dependence on the electric power grid. Most Americans have experienced temporary blackouts, and regard them as merely an inconvenience. Some Americans have experienced more protracted local and regional blackouts, as in the aftermaths of Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, and may be better able to imagine the consequences of a nationwide blackout lasting months or years, that plunges the entire United States into the dark. 

In such a nightmare blackout, the entire population of the United States could be at risk. There would be no food. No water. Communications, transportation, industry, business, and finance - all of the critical infrastructures that support modern civilization and the lives of the American people would be paralyzed by collapse of the electric power grid. 

Millions could die. 

How could a catastrophic blackout happen? Threats to the electric power grid are posed by cyber-attack, sabotage, a geomagnetic super-storm, and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) from the high-altitude detonation of a nuclear weapon. 

Blackout Wars warns that terrorists and rogue states are developing a revolutionary new military strategy that could exploit all of these threats in combination, including exploiting the opportunity of severe weather or a geo-storm, to collapse the national electric grid and all the critical infrastructures. It would be the fall of American civilization. 

For the first time in history, the most dysfunctional societies, like North Korea that cannot even feed its own people, or even non-state actors like terrorists, could destroy the most successful societies on Earth - by means of a blackout war. Attacking the electric grid enables an adversary to strike at the technological and societal Achilles' heel of US military and economic power. 

Blackout Wars likens this new revolution in military affairs to Nazi Germany's Blitzkrieg strategy, secretly developed and tested in low-profile experiments during the 1930s, sprung upon the Allies in 1939-1941 in a series of surprise attacks that nearly enabled the Third Reich to win World War II. Just as the West was asleep to the threat from the Blitzkrieg, so today US and Western elites are blind to the looming threat from a blackout war.

©2015 Dr. Peter Vincent Pry (P)2018 Tantor

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  • John Medeiros
  • 06-10-2018

Repeated material ruined this book.

The same points are repeated over and over. It should have been rewritten and cut in half.

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  • Chad A Crank
  • 19-05-2020

Good information, bad editing, repetitive

Dr. Pry is very knowledgeable and informative no doubt and this is a good overview of the threat as well as potential solutions. However, he should have hired an editor. There are whole sections repeated time and time again as if they were just copied and pasted. The 10+ hour book could probably be 4-5 hours and cover the exact same content.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-08-2019

Thorough Read

This book was the most excellent, thorough book that I have read on the asymmetric national security threat to the US yet.If you have the means please send copies to your local, state, and national representatives. Send some to your local utilities and hospitals as well.

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  • Corporal-Captain Radar
  • 28-02-2019

Great content!

Great content, and really important. A bit repetitive, but that is a good thing for people who are new to this issue.

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