As North Korea's Kim Jong-un escalated his stand off with the U.S. and S. Korea, I kept thinking of how the madman theory has deep roots in the Korean peninsula. After all, that's where Nixon got the idea -- when he visited Korea as vice president on a mission for Eisenhower. This is all spelled out in an op-ed that's available on the History News Service. http://historynewsservice.org
THE MADMAN THEORY is an alternate history novel about the Cuban Missile Crisis. On September 17, 2012, Rosemoor Press published this fresh take on the crisis by Harvey Simon to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the most dangerous week the world has ever known.
In this retelling, Sen. John F. Kennedy loses the 1960 presidential election to his young opponent, Vice President Richard M. Nixon. Two years later the Soviets are caught building a secret nuclear missile base in Cuba and President Nixon faces the same decision Kennedy confronted – whether to bomb the launching sites and invade the island.
As the confrontation between the US and its nuclear foe spirals out of control, Pat Nixon struggles to reconcile her strong sense of a wife’s proper role with her marriage to a man who abuses her and has thrust her into a public life she despises and the two confront their longstanding grievances.
Harvey Simon is a freelance writer living in Washington, DC. His writing has appeared in The Los Angels Times and The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. Before moving to Washington he was a national security analyst at Harvard University, where he also wrote on a variety public policy topics. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and has an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.