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The Audible Service Conditions of Use

THE AUDIBLE SERVICE

Audible Limited and its affiliates (“Audible”) are pleased to offer a service that permits users to discover, purchase, receive and play digital spoken word audio entertainment (“Audible Content”) through Audible's websites, including audible.co.uk, and its applications for mobile devices (collectively, the “Audible Service”). If you use the Audible Service, you accept these conditions of use (“Conditions of Use”). Please read them carefully. In addition to the Conditions of Use, you will also be subject to (1) the Audible Purchase Terms & Conditions, which govern any purchase you make through the Audible Service, (2) the Audible Plan Terms, which govern your enrollment in any Audible membership plan, and (3) any other policies, guidelines, terms and agreements posted on, or otherwise made available to you through, the Audible Service (collectively, the “Terms”). If these Conditions of Use contradict such Terms, the Terms will control.

PRIVACY

Please review our Privacy Notice">Privacy Notice, which also governs your visit to Audible.co.uk, to understand our practices.

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS

When you use the Audible Service, or send e-mails to us, you are communicating with us electronically. You consent to receive communications from us electronically. We will communicate with you by e-mail or by posting notices on or through the Audible Service. You agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing. This condition does not affect your statutory rights.

COPYRIGHT

All content included in or made available through the Audible Service, such as text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio clips, digital downloads, data compilations and Audible Content, is the property of Audible or its content suppliers and protected by United Kingdom and international copyright laws. The compilation of all content accessible through the Audible Service is the exclusive property of Audible and protected by United Kingdom and international copyright and database right laws.

TRADEMARKS

Audible, audible.com, audible.co.uk, AudibleListener, AudibleManager, AudibleReady, Audible Studios and other graphics, logos, page headers, button icons, scripts, and service names included in or made available through the Audible Service are trademarks or registered trademarks of Audible in the European Union and other jurisdictions. Audible's trademarks and trade dress may not be used in connection with any product or service that is not Audible's, in any manner that is likely to cause confusion among customers, or in any manner that disparages or discredits Audible. You may not use any Audible logo or other proprietary graphic or trademark as part of a hyperlink without express written permission from Audible. All other trademarks not owned by Audible that appear in the Audible Service are the property of their respective owners, who may or may not be affiliated with, connected to, or sponsored by Audible.

PATENTS

One or more patents owned by Audible apply to this Site and to the features and services accessible via the Site. Portions of this Site operate under license of one or more patents. Click here">Click here to see a non-exhaustive list of applicable Audible patents and applicable licensed patents.

LICENSE AND ACCESS

Subject to your compliance with these Conditions of Use and your payment of any applicable fees, Audible or its content providers grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable license to access and make personal and non-commercial use of the Audible Service. Additional license terms may be found in the Terms. This license does not include any resale or commercial use of the Audible Service or its contents; any collection and use of any product listings, descriptions, or prices; any derivative use of the Audible Service or its contents; any downloading or copying of account information for the benefit of another merchant; or any use of data mining, robots, or similar data gathering and extraction tools.

All rights not expressly granted to you in these Conditions of Use or any applicable Terms are reserved and retained by Audible or its licensors, suppliers, publishers, rightsholders, or other content providers. Neither the Audible Service nor any part of it may be reproduced, duplicated, copied, sold, resold, visited, or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose without express written consent of Audible. You may not frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose any trademark, logo, or other proprietary information (including images, text, page layout, or form) of Audible without express written consent. You may not use any meta tags or any other "hidden text" utilizing Audible's name or trademarks without the express written consent of Audible. You are granted a limited, revocable, and nonexclusive right to create a hyperlink to the home page of audible.co.uk so long as the link does not portray Audible, or its products or services in a false, misleading, derogatory, or otherwise offensive matter. You may not use any Audible logo or other proprietary graphic or trademark as part of the link without express written permission.

You may not misuse the Audible Service. You may use the Audible Service only as permitted by law. The licenses granted by Audible terminate if you do not comply with these Conditions of Use or any applicable Terms.

YOUR ACCOUNT

As a registered user of the Audible Service, you may receive or establish one or more passwords and accounts ("Audible Account"). If you open a new Audible Account and you have an account with Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk using the same email address, your account information from your Amazon account will be used to establish your account at Audible. If you register a Kindle tablet device and do not already have an Audible Account, you will automatically be assigned an Audible Account using your Amazon credentials. If you use the Audible Service, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your Audible Account(s) and for restricting access to your computer(s) or device(s), and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under any of your Audible Accounts. Audible does sell products for children, but it sells them to adults, who can purchase with a credit card or other permitted payment method. If you are under 18, you may use the Audible Service only with the involvement of a parent or guardian. Audible reserves the right to refuse service, terminate accounts, remove or edit content, or cancel orders in its sole discretion.

REVIEWS, COMMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS, AND OTHER CONTENT

We may permit visitors to post reviews, comments, photos, and other content; send messages and other communications; and submit suggestions, ideas, comments, questions, or other information. You agree that any content you contribute and any communications you send using means we provide will not be illegal, obscene, threatening, defamatory, invasive of privacy, infringing of intellectual property rights, or otherwise injurious to third parties or objectionable and does not consist of or contain software viruses, political campaigning, commercial solicitation, chain letters, mass mailings, or any form of "spam." You may not use a false e-mail address, impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise mislead as to the origin of a message or other content. We reserve the right (but not the obligation) to remove or edit such content, but we do not regularly review posted content.

If you do post content or submit any material to us, and unless we indicate otherwise, you grant us a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such content throughout the world in any media. You grant Audible and its sublicensees the right to use the name that you submit in connection with such content, if they choose. You represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the content that you post; that the content is accurate; that use of the content you supply does not violate this policy and will not cause injury to any person or entity; and that you will indemnify Audible for all claims resulting from content you supply. We reserve the right (but not the obligation) to monitor and edit or remove any activity or content. Audible takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any content posted by you or any third party.

COPYRIGHT COMPLAINTS

Audible respects the intellectual property of others. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please follow our Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS

Audible attempts to be as accurate as possible. However, Audible does not warrant that product descriptions or content available through the Audible Service is accurate, complete, reliable, current, or error-free.

AUDIBLE SOFTWARE TERMS

In addition to these Conditions of Use, the terms found here apply to any software (including any updates or upgrades to the software and any related documentation) that we make available to you from time to time for your use in connection with the Audible Service (the "Audible Software").

OTHER BUSINESSES

We may offer content from parties other than Audible and may permit parties other than Audible to provide services or sell products through the Audible Service. We may also provide links through the Audible Service to the websites of affiliated companies and certain other businesses. We are a distributor, not a publisher, of any materials we offer from third parties and are not responsible for examining or evaluating, and we do not warrant the offerings of, any of these businesses or individuals, the content we obtain from them or the content of their websites. Audible does not assume any responsibility or liability for the actions, product, and content of any third parties. You should carefully review their privacy statements and other conditions of use.

REMOVAL OF AUDIBLE CONTENT OR OTHER MATERIALS

We reserve the right to remove or disable access to any Audible Content or any other materials posted to or otherwise displayed through the Audible Service, including any Audible Content that violates or otherwise allegedly infringes on the copyright or other intellectual property, proprietary, or other rights of any person, company or other entity. We will not be liable for the removal of or disabling of access to any Audible Content or materials.

TERMINATION

Your right to use the Audible Service will automatically terminate if you violate these Conditions of Use or any other Terms. In case of such termination, we may terminate your access to the Audible Service without notice and you will not receive a full or partial refund of any fees already paid. Our failure to insist upon or enforce your strict compliance with the Conditions of Use or any other Terms will not constitute a waiver of any of our rights.

TERMINATION OF AUDIBLE SERVICE

Our business may change over time and we reserve the right to modify the Audible Service. We also reserve the right to suspend or discontinue the Audible Service or your use of the Audible Service, in whole or in part, at any time with or without notice and without liability to you. In the event that we exercise such right, you may be entitled to a full or partial refund, in our sole discretion, if you are a member of an Audible Plan (as defined in the Audible Plan Terms) or with respect to any purchase you've made.

LOSSES

Audible will be responsible for any losses you suffer as a result of us breaching these conditions if the losses were reasonably foreseeable to both you and us when you commenced using the Audible Service, or a contract for the sale of goods by us to you was formed. We will not be responsible for any business loss (including loss of profits, revenue, contracts, anticipated savings, data, goodwill or wasted expenditure) or any other indirect or consequential loss that is not reasonably foreseeable to both you and us when you commenced using the Audible Service or when a contract for the sale of goods by us to you was formed. Audible does not limit in any way our liability by law for death or personal injury caused from our negligence or breach of duty or caused by our gross negligence or wilful misconduct.

APPLICABLE LAW AND DISPUTES

By using the Audible Service, you agree that these conditions are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales, and the application of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods is expressly excluded. You agree, as we do, to submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

SITE POLICIES, MODIFICATION, AND SEVERABILITY

Please review our Terms. We reserve the right to make changes to the Audible Service, these Conditions of Use and any Terms at any time. Your continued use of the Audible Service following any changes will indicate your acceptance of such changes. If you do not agree to a change, you must immediately stop using the Audible Service. If any Terms or these Conditions of Use are deemed invalid, void, or for any reason unenforceable, that condition or term shall be deemed severable and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining condition or term.

DEFAMATION CLAIMS

Because Audible lists thousands of products for sale on the Audible Service and hosts many thousands of comments, it is not possible for us to be aware of the contents of each product listed for sale, or each comment or review that is displayed. Accordingly, Audible operates on a "notice and takedown" basis. If you believe that any content on, or advertised for sale on, the Audible Service contains a defamatory statement, please notify us immediately by following our Notice and Procedure for Notifying of Defamatory Content. Once this procedure has been followed, Audible will make all reasonable endeavours to remove the defamatory content complained about within a reasonable time.



Audible Purchase Terms and Conditions

Any user may purchase Audible Content on an "A La Carte" basis. Audible members also may purchase content using membership credits in accordance with the terms set forth in the Audible Plan Terms. By making a purchase through the Audible Service you agree to be bound by these Audible Purchase Terms and Conditions.

Purchases of Audible Content

  1. Audible Content License. When you purchase Audible Content, Audible grants you a limited, revocable, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to download or stream such Audible Content to your computer and/or other device(s) solely for your personal, non-commercial use. You agree to not otherwise copy, reproduce, distribute or use the Audible Content other than as expressly set forth herein. You will not sell, transfer, lease, modify, distribute or publicly perform the Audible Content in any manner and you will not exploit it commercially. You agree to not modify, reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble the Audible Content, or otherwise tamper with the Audible Content or create any derivative works therefrom.
  2. Pricing. With respect to all A La Carte purchases, except where noted otherwise, any list price displayed represents the full retail price listed on the Audible Content itself, as determined by Audible, or as suggested by the manufacturer or supplier, or estimated in accordance with standard industry practice; or the estimated retail value for a comparably featured item offered elsewhere. Prices are subject to change at any time in Audible's sole discretion. Audible cannot confirm the price of an item until you order. Despite our best efforts, a small number of the items in our catalog may be mispriced. If an item's correct price is higher than our stated price, we may at our discretion cancel your order.
  3. Delivery of Audible Content. All Audible Content you purchased will be delivered to your Audible Account.
  4. Risk of Loss. Once we have made Audible Content available to you, you will bear the risk of loss for completing any download of Audible Content after purchase and for any loss of Audible Content you have downloaded, including any loss due to a file corruption or a device or hard drive crash. Purchased Audible Content will generally continue to be available in your Audible Account but may become unavailable due to possible content provider licensing restrictions or other reasons, and Audible will not be liable to you if Audible Content becomes unavailable for further download. You will not receive a full or partial refund of any fees already paid in such situations. Accordingly, we encourage you to download Audible Content promptly after purchase and to make a back-up copy. If you are unable to complete a download after having reviewed our online help resources, please contact Audible customer service.
  5. Payments. You must have a valid payment instrument, such as a credit card or other permitted payment method, on file in your Audible Account in order to use the Audible service. If you are using your Amazon account to access the Audible Service, your default payment instrument will be the default payment instrument you use for purchases from Amazon. If you want to designate a different payment instrument, you must change your authorized payment instrument information online at the "My Account" section of the Audible Service.
  6. Payments. You may cancel your order for purchase of Audible Content within 14 days from the date of your purchase for a full refund by contacting Customer Care, unless you have started to download, stream, or listen to the Audible Content. Once you start to download, stream or listen to the Audible Content, you cannot cancel your order, and you will not receive a full or partial refund for your order. By placing an order to purchase Audible Content, you acknowledge and agree to this.
  7. Subscriptions. Any user may purchase subscriptions to recurring content such as newspapers and magazines on a monthly basis or other recurring basis depending on the recurrence of the content ("Subscriptions"). If you purchase a Subscription, you will be charged the full price of the Subscription at the beginning of the Subscription term. Subscriptions may be purchased on an A La Carte basis or by members with credits. With respect to any Subscriptions purchased on an A La Carte basis, if you cancel your Subscription within 14 days, you will be entitled to a full refund. After 14 days, you may be entitled to a refund before the initial term has expired depending upon whether there is a shorter Subscription available for the relevant Audible Content. You will be obligated to pay based upon the Subscription term length closest to the number of months your Subscription was active. For example, if you signed up for a 12 month Subscription and wish to cancel after 5 months, then: (A) if a 6 month Subscription term is available, you would be charged for a 6 month Subscription and refunded the difference between the 12 month and 6 month Subscriptions, or (B) if only a 12 month term is available, you would be charged for the 12 month Subscription.


Audible Terms and Conditions for Gift and Promotional Codes and Vouchers

Gift Audiobooks, Gift Certificates, Gift Memberships and Promotional Claim Codes are subject to the following additional Terms and Conditions. By purchasing any Gift Audiobook, Gift Certificate or Gift Membership, or by redeeming a Promotional Claim Code, you agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.



Audible Gift Audiobooks
  1. Term and Uses. Audiobooks purchased as gifts ("Gift Audiobooks") will be presented to the recipient in the form of a claim code redeemable for the Gift Audiobook. Gift Audiobooks must be redeemed at www.audible.co.uk or its mobile store ("audible. co.uk" or the "Site") and may be used only for the applicable audiobook given. Claim codes for Gift Audiobooks do not expire and are not subject to any dormancy fee or other fees for non-use. If the recipient already has the Gift Audiobook in his or her My Library or the Gift Audiobook is not available in the recipient's country, at the time the recipient redeems the claim code for a Gift Audiobook, the recipient will receive a credit good towards the purchase of a different audiobook of equivalent value on audible.co.uk. If the Gift Audiobook has a value of more than one credit, the recipient will receive the number of credits equal to the Gift Audiobook's value. Credits given to the recipient in exchange for the claim code for a Gift Audiobook do not expire and are subject to the Audible Purchase Terms and Conditions. Recipients must have or open an Audible account to redeem a claim code for a Gift Audiobook. Audible may, in its discretion, advise the purchaser when the claim code for a Gift Audiobook has been redeemed by the recipient in the purchaser's "Account Details" section of the Site.
  2. Limitations.
    1. Redemption codes for Gift Audiobooks may not be redeemed at audible.com, audible.de, audible.fr or any other website operated by Audible, Inc., its affiliates, or any other person or entity, except as indicated by these Terms and Conditions.
    2. Redemption codes for Gift Audiobooks cannot be exchanged for other Gift Audiobooks, Gift Cards or Gift Memberships.
    3. Redemption codes for Gift Audiobooks cannot be resold, transferred for value, redeemed for cash or applied to any other Audible account, except where required by law.


Audible Gift Certificates
  1. Term and Uses. Gift certificates ("Gift Certificates") will be presented to the recipient in the form of a redemption code or in the form of a physical card containing a redemption code. Gift Certificates have no expiration date and are not subject to any dormancy fee or other fees for non-use. Gift Certificates must be redeemed at audible.co.uk and may be used towards A La Carte purchases of audio content only. From time to time, Audible may allow you to redeem Gift Certificates for other products and services, in Audible's discretion. The full amount of any purchase will be deducted from the Gift Certificate balance, up to the total funds available on the Gift Certificate. If a purchase made with a Gift Certificate exceeds the amount of the Gift Certificate, the balance must be paid by another payment method accepted on the Audible Service. Gift Certificate recipients must have or open an Audible account to redeem a Gift Certificate. To view Gift Certificate balances, Gift Certificate holders should visit the "Account Details" section of their Audible account on the Site. If a Gift Certificate purchaser has an Audible account, Audible may, in its discretion, advise the purchaser when the Gift Certificate has been redeemed by the recipient in the purchaser's "Account Details" section on the Site.
  2. Limitations.
    1. Gift certificates may not be redeemed for the purchase of products at audible.com, audible.de, audible.fr or any other website operated by Audible, Inc., its affiliates, or any other person or entity, except as indicated by these Terms and Conditions.
    2. Gift Certificates cannot be used to purchase other Gift Certificates, Gift Audiobooks, Gift Memberships, or Promotional Codes (each as defined below).
    3. Gift Certificates cannot be reloaded, resold, transferred for value, redeemed for cash or applied to any other Audible account, except where required by law. Unused Gift Certificate balances in an Audible account may not be transferred.


Audible Gift Memberships
  1. Term and Uses. Memberships purchased as gifts ("Gift Memberships") will be presented to the recipient in the form of a redemption code redeemable for the Gift Membership. Redemption codes for Gift Memberships must be redeemed at audible.co.uk and may be used only for Audible memberships. Prior to being redeemed by a recipient, redemption codes for Gift Memberships do not expire and are not subject to any dormancy fee or other fees for non-use. Once redeemed, Gift Memberships expire at the end of the applicable membership term. For example, if the Gift Membership is a three month membership, the Gift Membership will expire three months from the date the recipient redeems the membership. Gift Membership recipients must have or open an Audible account to redeem the Gift Membership. To view Gift Membership balances and status, gift members should visit the "Account Details" section of their Audible account on the Site. If a Gift Membership purchaser has an Audible account, Audible may, in its discretion, advise the purchaser when the Gift Membership has been redeemed by the recipient in the purchaser's "Account Details" section on the Site.
  2. Limitations.
    1. Redemption codes for Gift Memberships may not be redeemed for memberships at audible.com, audible.de, audible.fr or any other website operated by Audible, Inc., its affiliates, or any other person or entity, except as indicated by these Terms and Conditions..
    2. Redemption codes for Gift Memberships cannot be used to purchase other Gift Memberships, Gift Audiobooks, Gift Certificates or Promotional Codes.
    3. Redemption Codes for Gift Memberships cannot be resold, transferred for value, redeemed for cash or applied to any other Audible account, except where required by law. Unused Gift Membership balances in an Audible account may not be transferred.
  3. Applicability of Audible Plan Terms. The Audible Plan Terms appliy to Gift Memberships and is hereby incorporated into these Terms and Conditions. The terms and conditions of a Gift Membership are the same as those of Audible's other membership plans, with the following exceptions:
    1. After a Gift Membership ends, any unused credits included in the Gift Membership that are not used during the Gift Membership period do not roll-over, unless the member joins a regular Audible membership plan prior to the expiration of the Gift Membership. Only gift membership credits that have accrued as of the date the gift member joins a regular Audible membership will roll-over. If a gift member joins a regular Audible membership prior to the end of the Gift Membership period, any credits included in the Gift Membership that have not have yet accrued will not roll-over.
    2. Gift Memberships may be cancelled by calling 0800 496 2455 or +44 (0) 203 356 6218 (International). Unused balances and credits on Gift Memberships will expire upon cancellation.


Audible Promotional Claim Codes
  1. Term and Uses. Promotional claim codes ("Promotional Codes") are for promotional use only and are void where prohibited by law. Promotional Codes must be redeemed at audible.co.uk. Promotional Codes expire as indicated on the terms transmitted with the Promotional Code. If redeemed for an audiobook credit, the credit may expire after a certain period of time, as indicated on the terms transmitted with the Promotional Code. Promotional Codes may be subject to additional terms and condition presented with the Promotional Code. Promotional Codes recipients must have or open an Audible account to redeem Promotional Codes.
  2. Limitations.
    1. Promotional Codes may not be redeemed at audible.com, audible.de, audible.fr or any other website operated by Audible, Inc., its affiliates, or any other person or entity, except as indicated by these Terms and Conditions.
    2. Promotional Codes cannot be used to purchase other Promotional Codes, Gift Audiobooks, Gift Certificates or Gift Memberships.
    3. Promotional Codes cannot be resold, transferred for value, redeemed for cash or applied to any other Audible account, except where required by law. Unused Promotional Codes in an Audible account may not be transferred.


Vouchers
  1. Term and Uses. From time to time, Audible may, in its sole discretion, give rewards in the form of vouchers to existing Audible account holders ("Vouchers"). Vouchers may only be redeemed at audible.co.uk and are redeemable for Audible content only. Audible will deposit a Voucher directly into the account holder's account and will send the recipient an email stating that the Voucher is available. When the recipient makes a purchase on the Site without using membership or other credits, Vouchers will be the first payment method used towards the purchase amount. The full amount of any purchase will be deducted from the Voucher amount, up to the total funds available. If a purchase made with a Voucher exceeds the amount of the Voucher, the balance will be automatically charged to the credit card Audible has on file for the account holder. Vouchers expire as indicated on the terms transmitted in the notification e-mail. The value of a Voucher will be determined by Audible in its sole discretion.
  2. Limitations.
    1. Vouchers may not be redeemed for the purchase of Audible content at audible.com, audible.de, audible.fr or any other website operated by Audible, Inc., its affiliates, or any other person or entity, except as indicated by these Terms and Conditions.
    2. Vouchers cannot be used to purchase Gift Audiobooks, Gift Certificates, Gift Memberships, or Promotional Codes.
    3. Vouchers cannot be resold, transferred for value, redeemed for cash or applied to any other account, except where required by law. Unused Voucher balances in an Audible account may not be transferred.


General Terms
  1. Losses. audible.co.uk will be responsible for any losses you suffer as a result of us breaching these conditions if the losses were reasonably foreseeable to both you and us when you commenced using the Site, or a contract for the sale of goods by us to you was formed. We will not be responsible for any business loss (including loss of profits, revenue, contracts, anticipated savings, data, goodwill or wasted expenditure) or any other indirect or consequential loss that is not reasonably foreseeable to both you and us when you commenced using the Site or when a contract for the sale of goods by us to you was formed. audible.co.uk does not limit in any way our liability by law for death or personal injury caused from our negligence or breach of duty or caused by our gross negligence or willful misconduct.
  2. Fraud. Audible will have the right to close customer accounts and bill alternative forms of payment if a fraudulently obtained Gift Audiobook, Gift Certificate, Gift Membership, Promotional Code or Voucher is redeemed and/or used to make purchases on the Site.
  3. Resale. Resale of a Gift Audiobook, Gift Certificate, Gift Membership, Promotional Code or Voucher or use for unauthorized advertising, marketing, sweepstakes or other promotional purposes is strictly prohibited.
  4. Other. Gift Audiobooks, Gift Certificates, Gift Memberships, Promotional Codes, and Vouchers and their use on the Site are subject to the Site's Conditions of Use, available at www.audible.co.uk/terms, and Privacy Notice, available at www.audible.co.uk/privacy. Audible reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions from time to time in its discretion. Generally, changes to these Terms and Conditions will apply to products issued after the date the changes take effect, as indicated at the top of these Terms and Conditions; however, changes to comply with applicable law may apply retroactively to products issued before such date. Gift Audiobooks, Gift Certificates, Gift Memberships, Promotional Codes, and Vouchers are subject to verification. For any questions concerning your Gift Audiobook, Gift Certificate, Gift Membership, Promotional Code, or Coupon Voucher please call 0800 496 2455 or +44(0)203 356 6218 International or visit audible.co.uk.


Audible Plan Terms

Audible offers various membership plans ("Audible Plans") for using and paying for the Audible Service. Audible Plans are subject to the terms below and those disclosed through the Audible Service. Membership in an Audible Plan is nontransferable.

  1. Audible Membership Plans. Audible Membership Plans are automatically renewable on a monthly or yearly basis, depending on the plan, until terminated by you or us in accordance with these Audible Plan Terms. Audible will charge your default payment instrument the applicable membership fee on your renewal date. If your default payment method is declined for any reason, Audible may charge any payment instrument on file with your Amazon account.
    1. Number of Audiobooks. The 1 Book Monthly, 2 Book Monthly, 12 Book Annual, and 24 Book Annual Plans are generally the same except that the number of Credits (defined below) that members receive under certain plans is greater.
    2. Annual or Monthly. Each of these membership plans is available either on a monthly or annual basis. Audible will charge the applicable monthly or yearly fee for such membership plan on the member's monthly or yearly renewal date, depending on which plan the member selects. Annual members will receive the entire year's credits at the start of their membership and upon any renewal. Monthly members will receive the applicable amount of credits each month.
    3. Rollover Members are allowed to rollover a certain number of unused Credits ("Rollover").
      1. Monthly Memberships. 1 Book Monthly members may rollover up to 6 unused Credits to the next month of membership and 2 Book Monthly members may rollover up to 12 unused Credits to the next month of membership. If in any given month a monthly member has more than the permitted number of Rollover Credits, the additional unused credits will automatically expire.
      2. Annual Memberships. 12 Book Annual members may rollover up to 6 unused Credits to the next year of membership and 24 Book Annual members may rollover up to 12 unused Credits to the next year of membership. If in any given renewal date a member has more than the permitted number of Rollover Credits, the additional unused credits will automatically expire.
  2. Committed Membership Plans. Certain members may receive a gift for joining in exchange for their commitment to remain a member for the period of time specified at the time of enrollment. Members who sign up to a committed membership plan and receive the gift benefit will have 14 days to cancel their membership plan, however, we will only issue them a full refund for membership fees if they have not used any Credits or used the gift benefit during those 14 days. If they have redeemed Credits or used the gift benefit within 14 days of signing up for a membership, we may withhold from their refund the value of the redeemed Credit(s) and the value of the used gift benefit. After 14 days, members will not receive a full or partial refund for any membership fees already paid and will not be able to cancel the plan prior to the expiration of the initial term of the plan. By signing up for a Committed Membership Plan, you acknowledge and agree to this.
  3. Trial Offers. Audible may, in its sole discretion, make available free or paid trial offers for a monthly or annual membership plan, the terms of which will be more fully explained on the Audible Service (a "Trial Offer"). You must have a valid payment instrument, such as a credit card or other permitted payment method, on file in your Audible Account in order to initiate a Trial Offer. Audible may request a temporary authorization from the financial institution issuing your credit card or other payment instrument in order to confirm the validity of the credit card or other payment instrument to verify your eligibility to participate in any Trial Offer. Any Credits issued in connection with a Trial Offer or Audible Content purchased with such Credits are issued and provided subject to such verification and may be revoked by Audible in the event that such verification fails. Upon expiration of the trial, you will automatically be joined into the related membership plan and Audible will charge your default payment instrument the relevant monthly fee or annual fee, as applicable. If your default payment method is declined for any reason, Audible may charge any payment instrument on file with your Amazon account. YOU MUST CANCEL YOUR MEMBERSHIP PRIOR TO THE END OF THE TRIAL OFFER TO AVOID CHARGES. Trial Offers are limited to one per household.
  4. Credits. Audible Plan members receive credits that may be used to purchase Audible Content on the Audible Service ("Credits"). Credits may only be used to purchase Audible Content. If you purchase Audible Content in excess of the number of available Credits under your Audible Plan, your default payment instrument will be billed the price for the applicable Audible Content. Credits include Membership Credits, Rollover Credits, and Complimentary Credits, as described below. Credits are nontransferable. Credits that do not rollover, expire in accordance with their terms.
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A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon (Unabridged)
 
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From Neil Sheehan, author of the Pulitzer Prize - winning classic A Bright Shining Lie, comes this long-awaited, magnificent epic. Here is the never-before-told story of the nuclear arms race that changed history - and of the visionary American Air Force officer Bernard Schriever, who led the high-stakes effort. A Fiery Peace in a Cold War is a masterly work about Schriever's quests to prevent the Soviet Union from acquiring nuclear superiority, to penetrate and exploit space for America, and to build the first weapons meant to deter an atomic holocaust rather than to be fired in anger.

Sheehan melds biography and history, politics and science, to create a sweeping narrative that transports the reader back and forth from individual drama to world stage. The narrative takes us from Schriever's boyhood in Texas as a six-year-old immigrant from Germany in 1917 through his apprenticeship in the open-cockpit biplanes of the Army Air Corps in the 1930s and his participation in battles against the Japanese in the South Pacific during the Second World War. On his return, he finds a new postwar bipolar universe dominated by the antagonism between the United States and the Soviet Union.

©2009 Neil Sheehan; (P)2009 Random House

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Right Stuff... 1 Mar 2011
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When I first saw this offering through Amazon's Vine program I groaned. Do I really want to read a 500 page book about generals, and the Cold War arms race? Fortunately I re-considered, after seeing the author, for whom I have immense respect for his quintessential book on the Vietnam War, A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam" And I was richly rewarded for overcoming my initial aversion.

Sheehan has spent some time in Arlington National Cemetery, a good place for reflection, for all of us. He commenced "A Bright Shining Lie" there, with the funeral of John Paul Vann in 1972, and that is where he ends "A Fiery Peace in a Cold War," in 2005, with the funeral of General Bernard Schriever (who I had previously never heard of.) Nine of the ten current four-star generals attended. Even Rumsfeld showed up. Sheehan's technique is to identify a major American historical event, in one case, the Vietnam War, in the other, the Cold War, and then identify an individual who was key to this event, and developed and changed as the event unfolded. True, Vann and Schriever were very different men, and I think it is very much to Sheehan's credit that his portrait of each rang true. Particularly in this book Sheehan provides numerous other mini-biographies of the major "players." I was impressed with the one on General Curtis LeMay, who as a young officer commanded the American Air Forces in the Pacific, particularly in the fire bombing campaign against Tokyo. Then he was quite willing to listen to all ranks for ideas on how to become more effective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bio of General Shriver & the development of the AF's missile programs 27 Dec 2009
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General Bernard Schriever is well-known within the Air Force as the `Father of the Air Force Space and Missile Program'. Neil Sheehan has delivered a comprehensive masterpiece highlighting the lasting impacts `Bennie' Shriever had on America's youngest, yet most technologically oriented military service.

As expected, this book covers the Air Force rocketry and missile programs that were led by General Shriever's Western Development Division. "Dr. Space: The Life of Wernher von Braun" provides an interesting perspective on many of the Army's similar efforts. Sheehan's work is far better in providing the strategic context for how the weapons were deployed, as Ward's book is limited to a biography of von Braun and does not discuss the system deployments at all.

Sheehan uses his journalistic writing abilities to make Shriever's accomplishments accessible for most readers. Personally, I prefer authors who provide a contextual background to understand a person's contributions, so Sheehan's writing style was a good fit for my tastes. He does have a journalistic bias and sometimes trades off complete factual accuracy in order to provide simplified explanations of historic events and technically advanced concepts.

This book covers far more than the AF missile & rocketry programs by including topics such as the expansion of the AF Scientific Advisory Board. It was in his role here that Shriever crossed paths with General Curtis Lemay over such topics as to what kind of refueling system (probe & drogue versus boom) the Air Force should standardize across the fleet. Sheehan's perspective on General Lemay may distress some readers, since he criticizes this Air Force icon. As an Air Force officer, I found the criticisms to be accurate - sometimes the truth hurts. I hope this book finds its way onto the Chief of Staff's reading list. It is well-written and offers a perspective one of the seldom spoken-of roles of America's Air Force.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Cold War history buffs, and for those interested in jet planes. 25 Sep 2009
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A FIERY PEACE IN A COLD WAR by Neil Sheenah is about 506 pages and printed on off-white paper. The book contains 83 chapters. Therefore, even though most of the paragraphs are big chunky things, generally taking up a half page to an entire page, the 83 chapters divide the subject matter, allowing a manageable reading experience.

The book is about General Bernard Adolph Schriever (1910-2005), who was born in Bremen, Germany, and after immigrating to the United States, played a major role in the U.S. Air Force programs for space and ballistic missile research.

The book describes Mr.Schreiver's German-ancestry parents, and attempt to escape from anti-German sentiment by moving to San Antonio, Texas. We learn that Mr.Schreiver's father Adolph perished at the age of 35. "Adolph had his head down inspecting an engine. Someone accidently flipped the starter. The fly wheel fractured his skull . . ."

We learn of Mr.Schreiver's interest in golf, where he "led the field of 54 in the qualifying round to win a pair of golfing shoes from the Broadway Sporting Goods Store and a silver medal from a San Antonio newspaper." The book's early dwelling on golf is not a trivial fact, as golf enabled Mr.Schreiver to hobnob with military brass, and to acquire valuable career connections.

We read that Mr.Schriever attended Texas A & M which, at that time, was all male and was a military school, and that Mr.Schriever was awarded his wings in June 1933.

The first 20 pages or so of this book are simplistic and they read like a book intended for children between the ages of 8-12. But then there is a transition, and after this point we learn about military strategy, leaders in the military, and about various airplanes (advantage and disadvantages of various planes). Also, the book uses the technique where one chapter tells about the general military situation (as might be found in a typical history book about the era) and then returning to the subject of Mr.Schreiver.

We learn that President Roosevelt, in 1934, cancelled air mail contracts with the Post Office and commercial airlines and instead had the Army Air Corps deliver the mail. But this led to a problem, since Army Air Corps planes were ill-equipped to fly in the fog or at night, leading to 66 crashes. This was the spark that led to the modernization of air force. We learn about Boeing's B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated's B-29 Liberator, and about Mr.Schreiver's job of flying a commercial route in Montana with a Lockheed Electra 10. We read about World War II, where Mr.Schreiver was part of General MacArthur's attempt to wrest New Guinea from the Japanese, and we learn about tankers at sea that served as "offshore pumping stations to send the fuel in through lines and fill the tanks at bases in time for planes to gas up and take off." (page 45).

The book plunges into little biographies, now and then, and we learn about Major General Sverdrup who ordered a ship to be filled with cement, for construction on the island of Cebu. But the ship was too heavy and got stuck on a coral reef. After the war, Mr.Sverdrup later started Sverdrup & Parcel, an engineering company in St.Louis. But the story about overloading the ship stuck with him (as a running joke).

In one of the chapters that steps back to give the big picture, we learn about the atomic bomb project at Los Alamos. Mostly, we learn about employees at Los Alamos and at other U.S. government research facilities who were Russian spies (e.g., Ted Hall, David Greenglass, Klaus Fuchs, George Koval). We learn the irony that Ted Hall's brother was Ed Hall (Lieutenant Colonel Edward Hall) who was the U.S. Air Force's leading engineer for the American ICBM. Any person who has "an issue" with security checks will change his or her mind after reading this chapter.

The author is to be commended for sticking to the topic, and for not digressing into tempting subjects from the era, such as celebrities (other history books sometimes digress into these topics). Instead of names of celebrities, the book is peppered with names of planes and missiles, e.g., B-17 (p. 131), B-52 (p. 171), MX-774 (p. 212), C-47 transport (p. 271), XSM Experimental StraTegic Missile (p. 317), XSM-68 missile (p. 322), C-124 Globemaster (p. 309), SAC B36 (p. 335), R-12 Soviet ballistic missile (p. 377), FKR cruise missile (p. 441). The author appears knowledgeable, and one is under the impression that he had a chair next to aeronautics engineers, watching them adjust their Pickett slide rules (do you remember slide rules?), and asking questions and taking notes. FIVE STARS.

I also recommend THE INVENTION THAT CHANGED THE WORLD by Robert Buderi, which concerns radar, and its development in the 1930s, use during World War II, and further development in the Cold War years.
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rockets to Russia 6 Oct 2009
By Gerald Brennan - Published on Amazon.com
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It's hard to judge this book on its own merits.

A Fiery Peace in a Cold War, Neil Sheehan's new book about American ballistic missile pioneer Bennie Schreiver, is evocative of past triumphs--both in rocketry and book-length journalism. The development of the Air Force's long-range nuclear missiles during the Cold War has long been obscured by secrecy and bluff and political posturing; still, as a book topic, it seems designed to follow up on Richard Rhodes' highly acclaimed works on the Manhattan project and the subsequent development of the hydrogen bomb. And the structure, wherein Sheehan shines a light on the life and career of a heretofore-unknown subject in order to bring out new shapes and shadows in a familiar historical terrain, calls to mind Sheehan's own magisterial work about Vietnam, "A Bright Shining Lie."

It's difficult to oversell that book, which won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; one of my journalism professors at Columbia, a member of the Pulitzer committee, called it "one of those rare books that enhances the Pulitzers, rather than the other way around." But that book's massive shadow seems to diminish this well-researched and well-written but comparatively pedestrian work.

Sheehan's subject in "A Bright Shining Lie" was a fascinating Army officer and civilian advisor named John Paul Vann whose distinguished military efforts and dark personal life mirrored the well-meaning public rhetoric and duplicitous behind-the-scenes behavior that characterized America's efforts in the Vietnam War. Bennie Schriever, by comparison, is somewhat flat and uninteresting as a subject for biography. His story has a certain God-mom-apple-pie American simplicity to it; he emigrated to the U.S. from Germany at a young age, worked hard and played a lot of golf, and gained the organizational and bureaucratic skills necessary to get the U.S. Intercontinental Ballistic Missile program going and help the U.S. win the Cold War. Yet there's little sense of Schriever's personal failings; Sheehan mentions family tensions and a divorce almost in passing, and the book ends up feeling more like hagiography than biography.

Consequently, Sheehan ends up looking for conflict not within the man, but between him and a familiar cast of characters--the Neanderthal-minded SAC generals Curtis LeMay and Tommy Powers, who were so famously eager to bomb America's enemies back to the Stone Age. And so, while detailing the various troubles and triumphs Schreiver faced in getting the Air Force's Atlas, Titan and Thor missiles off the launch pad, Sheehan also describes the difficulties he had in arguing against LeMay and an institutional mindset that valued "operators," the bombers they operated, and preventative war far more than it valued the untested deterrent powers of silo-based nuclear missiles.

All of this bureaucratic infighting occurs, of course, against the backdrop of the larger Cold War. Here, Sheehan provides some very insightful history, but when it comes to analysis, he often sacrifices ideological coherency for hindsight-based have-it-both-ways criticism; in his estimation, for instance, the United States was both wrong to stand behind South Vietnam in 1963 and wrong not to stand behind South Korea in 1949. (Many of the references foreshadowing Vietnam felt forced, almost as if Sheehan got worried about writing a puff piece about a Cold Warrior and wanted to buff up his already-shiny Vietnam-dove-street-cred rather than make useful commentary; I felt like pulling a Big Lebowski on him, grabbing him by the shoulders and yelling, "Everything isn't about Vietnam, Walter!")

Still, like rockets, all books must have their proper arc, and Sheehan finds his by guiding his narrative to the most dramatic moment of the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis. Popular history has it that the crisis was a near-triumph of the nuclear-knuckle-draggers, and Sheehan very much focuses on that aspect of it, showing how LeMay and other top Air Force brass pushed for massive airstrikes against Cuba once Khruschev's ploy of stationing missiles there was discovered, and how this probably would have set off World War III. (While still chilling, this is hardly new material; Errol Morris covered the same territory far more interestingly in his documentary "The Fog of War," for instance.) However, like many popular historians, he fails to mention that the crisis was also a logical culmination of the nuclear doctrines espoused by civilians within the Kennedy administration, many of whom bought into the theory of "escalation dominance," whereby the United States would try to perpetually one-up its Soviet adversaries by being willing to use slightly more force than them in any conflict or area of contention. Sheehan could have just as easily blamed the crisis on Robert McNamara as on Curtis LeMay; moreover, he could have just as easily blamed it on his own main character, whose success in developing deployable ICBMs while similar Soviet efforts were blowing up on the launch pads was surely a factor in the Soviet Union's panicked decision to put short-range nuclear missiles in Cuba.

Despite the efforts to hammer history and biography into a familiar ideological mold--one that's been battered by its use on previous, better books on the subject--and despite Sheehan's somewhat annoying tendency here to substitute hypothesis and conjecture when it makes for better imagery than documented fact, this is a decent book, and a relatively enjoyable read. Unlike Schriever's and Sheehan's most famous creations, though, it falls a bit short.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb on all levels: personally, historically, technically 3 Oct 2009
By 35-year Technology Consumer - Published on Amazon.com
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Neil Sheehan's biography of Bernard Schriever gets it right on every level. He captures Schriever's path from pre-World War I Germany to the Texas hill country and into World War II as a young pilot. Schriever's talent for managing large programs and understanding complex technology would eventually make him the driving force behind the USA's successes in developing and fielding strategic missile systems.

Sheehan captures all of the elements needed for this story. This includes the historical context of World War II (and especially the brainpower behind Germany's V-2 program that would eventually disperse to both the United States and Soviet Union), the technological and political challenges of the Cold War (with superb insights into how Schriever's Soviet counterparts were going about their business). Inter-service rivalries between the Air Force and Army over ownership of missiles and rockets? Sheehan nails it. Intra-Air Force rivalries between Schriever's missileers and Curtis LeMay's long range bombers? Sheehan lays it all out. The military and political kabuki dances of big budget programs and untested technologies? Sheehan illuminates them wonderfully (especially during the high stakes decision briefings for flag officers, cabinet members or the President).

Schriever emerges as a military leader whose ability to lead talented subordinates possessing specific skills while standing up to his superiors for the tools he needs to succeed keep his programs marching towards to success. While never in command of large numbers of troops, he effectively managed large (and sometimes tenuously held) budgets and complex programs, got the most out of talented technicians, and successfully navigated the rocks and shoals of defense funding.

For better or worse, the work done by both Schriever and the Soviets he raced against --and even if ultimately designed to deliver weapons of unspeakable fury-- paved the way for technologies we rely on today: weather satellites, space-based images in Google Earth, GPS navigation and geostationary communications satellites. Anybody familiar with the vast infrastructure at the Cold War will be struck by the humble beginnings of Cape Canaveral, Vandenburg Air Force Base (then Camp Cooke) and Diyarbakur, Turkey and the primitive technology that drove early missile and satellite control systems. Sheehan explains the technology clearly and correctly.

This book does not hide the warts of its main characters, and their flaws are discussed as frankly as their strengths in narrating their lives. The closing descriptions of Schriever's post Air Force life, second marriage and 2005 funeral services and eventual burial at Arlington near his mentor, Hap Arnold are quite moving.

If the Cold War influenced your life you'll want to read this book. If you don't think the Cold War influenced your life: read this book, and learn about one person's profound influence on technology designed to kill; then reflect on how we were able to take the best of these breakthroughs and apply them in non-lethal ways.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Historical Account - 12 Oct 2009
By Loyd E. Eskildson - Published on Amazon.com
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Neil Sheehan made an important contribution to history in 1971 as a New York Times reporter when he obtained The Pentagon Papers from Daniel Ellsberg. The resulting reports earned his paper a Pulitzer Prize after Sheehan revealed previously unknown facts about how President Johnson had deliberately expanded the Vietnam War. In 1989 Sheehan was personally awarded a Pulitzer for his book on the Vietnam War - "A Bright Shining Lie" that focused around Lt. Col. Paul Vann and his involvement in that struggle. Sheehan's current book, "A Fiery Peace in a Cold War," also focuses around an individual, the Air Force's Bernard Schriever, to tell how the U.S. went from a shaky high-cost defense built around bombers to much more formidable missile-based system.

Sheehan's book opens with the Air Force's chief, General "Hap" Arnold, meeting young Col. 'Bernie" Schriever in preparation for the general's retirement . Arnold stressed that it was the civilian scientists, not military engineers, who had made the key technological innovations during WWII. WWI, he said, had been won by brawn, WWII by logistics, and WWIII would be won by brains. To try and maintain relationships with those scientists, now returning to their universities, Arnold formed a new Scientific Liaison Branch and wanted Schriever to head it. Schriever did not disappoint and went on to become the father of the modern, hi-te ch Air Force by building the first missile defense.

Meanwhile, American scientists were busy creating the first H-bomb - an 82-ton 1952 monster with a 10+ megaton TNT (MT) explosive force. This quickly was trimmed to the first 'droppable' version weighing 21 tons with the same explosive force. General LeMay, SAC Commander, pressed for even lighter version, and the 1956 'model' was down to less than 8 tons. LeMay's goading eventually resulted in an American stockpile of 20,941 MTs. LeMay also planned to fuse a lot of his monster bombs for ground or near-ground bursts to ensure crushing underground bunkers and other hardened targets. The result, unfortunately, would have been to poison the atmosphere and bring on a nuclear winter for the entire northern hemisphere.

While General LeMay was building SAC's bomber inventory up to a 1,769 level (vs. 85 for the Russians) and around 250,000 men, Schriever's R&D focus made him aware of John von Neumann and Edwin Teller's prediction that by 1960 the U.S. could build an H-bomb weighing less than a ton and with the explosive force of a megaton. The implication was it would be possible to build a rocket that could fling a thermonuclear projectile down on any city in the Soviet Union. Schriever seized on that knowledge - adding to his workload involving in-flight refueling systems, thwarting LeMay's request for high-flying bombers (Schriever saw them as vulnerable to rockets), and encouraging the development of turbofan=2 0jet engines allowing low-level bombing runs that evaded both radar and missles - without rapidly running out of fuel.

Moscow, moreover, was not sleeping. Russia did not have the experience building and using heavy bombers that the U.S. had, nor the ability to encircle the U.S. with its bases as we could them. It did, however, have about 5,000 German rocket engineers and technicians with V-2 experience. Thus, the Soviet Union instead opted for rockets - first SAMs capable of reaching Francis Gary Powers' U-2 at 70,000 ft. in 1960, rockets to launch Sputnik in 1957, and then deployed ICBMs of their own (1959).

Schriever concluded that existing plane manufacturers were too staid and slow to either attract the required top-notch scientific talent he needed or meet demanding timelines. Instead, he arranged to work with Simon Ramo and Dean Wooldrige (TRW after 1958). Schriever also determined that he needed high-level Air Force support, and found that in Trevor Gardner, a high-level assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force. Not only did Schriever have to compete with General LeMay's SAC for funds and attention, but the Army's Jupiter rocket program led by Werner von Braun as well. Then there were technical problems - creating a multi-stage rocket, engines that could steer by being swiveled, and the lack of sophisticated microcircuitry, a presidential directive to move vital defense production into the heartland (away from California's high-technology resources), and airplane manufacturers co mplaining that they were being unjustly left out. Schriever achieved his desired highest Air Force priority, but still found himself fighting for money - eight levels of budget approval, with Secretary of Defense Wilson in opposition. Thus Schriever, along with his civilian 'godfather' maneuvered to make a presentation to President Eisenhower, via the Dept. of State.

After thirteen failures, Schriever's group successfully launched a satellite that could take photos over Russia before being retrieved over the Pacific. This accomplishment immediately put to rest both the myth of a 'bomber gap' vs. Russia and the fear of another 'Pearl Harbor' sneak attack. (The 'missile gap' myth was also put to rest via these spy satellites.) Reliability improved - between 1966-70 Schriever's group recovered all 28 film capsules launched. The Air Force also improved its missiles via development of a 2nd-generation solid-fuel rocket (immediate launch, vs. hours of loading dangerous and unstable fuel into liquid-fueled rocket tanks).

Sheehan credits General Schriever and those he led with purchasing the time in which the Soviet Union could self-destruct economically. Their Air Force ICBMs also became the vehicles that opened the exploration of outer space. General Schriever died in 2005, at the age of 94, having come a very long way from his humble birth in Germany and introduction to the U.S. through Ellis Island.

Bottom Line: Bernard Schriever brought great political and leadership skills, as well as a strong personal drive and initiative to the important task given him by General Arnold. His contributions are related well by Sheehan. The unasked question, however, is: "Why were Schriever vs. von Bruan, and the Air Force vs. Army, in competition to build America's first missiles?"
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