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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best book magazine in the UK“, in his new book, Five Years After, historian William R. Forstchen, Ph.D.,  explores what society might look like five years after an EMP strike.

Five Years After

While most of us have lived through minor power cuts that can range from a few hours to even a few days, historian William R. Forstchen, Ph.D., asks what would happen if the power went out and didn’t come back on?

In a warning about what would happen if something were to destroy the U.S. power grid, such as an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), Forstchen believes it would trigger a cascade of deadly events, and human survival would depend on being in the right place at the right time with access to the right food supply.

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It is catastrophic. It is not ‘tinfoil hat. With an EMP, when it hits, it blows the grid out. You’re going to lose your water immediately. Within several days, that’s going to be bad. Second: food supply. … Medication. … and then of course, disease sets in.

William R. Forstchen, Ph.D.

q? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=1250854571&Format= SL250 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=sirenstories 20&language=en USir?t=sirenstories 20&language=en US&l=li3&o=1&a=1250854571Widely considered to be one of the foremost experts on EMP attacks, Forstchen is the New York Times bestselling author of the One Second After series, which explores, through fiction, the cold, solid facts of how an EMP strike on U.S. soil would impact our society.

In his latest release, Five Years After, readers follow protagonist John Matherson contending with new threats to the fragile civilization that he has helped to rebuild.

The Republic of New America has all but collapsed into regional powers as the world struggles to maintain stability through regional conflicts across the post-EMP landscape. Having spent several years attempting to lead a quiet life, John now receives word that the President is terminal with cancer, and John is being asked to take over the power of government.

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While he struggles to hold the fragile Republic together, John faces threats on multiple fronts as he races against time to stop another EMP attack on the former United States and China, putting years of progress at risk. With so much at threat, John must find the strength within to start over, so that he can save both his country and the people that he holds dear from even greater disaster.

Throughout his One Second After series, Forstchen’s depiction of a post-EMP society which is rooted in years of extensive research, promotes a need for greater awareness and preparation against an EMP strike, which he considers to be a very real threat. His goal is not to cause panic, but to encourage proactive measures to protect the American public.

We’ve got to live our lives; we’ve got to enjoy ourselves … don’t make this the obsession. But it should be out there. You should be thinking about this and doing some basic planning.

William R. Forstchen, Ph.D.

William R. Forstchen, Ph.D. on The Table Read Magazine
William R. Forstchen, Ph.D.

William R. Forstchen, Ph.D.

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William R. Forstchen is a New York Times best selling author and a Teacher of History at Montreat School, in Montreat, North Carolina. He holds a doctoral degree from Purdue College with a specialization in military history and technology. He is the author of in excess of 50 books, including the One Second After series that explores the impacts of an EMP strike.

He is an expert historyian and public speaker who has been interviewed on FOX News, C-SPAN and numerous others on subjects ranging from history to technology and social issues, to space technology improvement, to security dangers.

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