First,"Act of War" got its second starred review from one of the publishing trade magazines. This time it was Library Journal, which described the book as "enthralling" and said it "deserves a wide audience."
Also, the National Security Archive agreed to post a collection of declassified USS Pueblo documents on its website. The nonprofit Archive, housed at George Washington University in Washington D.C., is devoted to using the Freedom of Information Act and lawsuits to declassify government documents related to U.S. foreign policy, military affairs, and nuclear weapons. Over the years its researchers have uncovered and made publicly available an amazing trove of once-secret documents about the Bay of Pigs, U.S. involvement in the 1973 military coup that overthrew Salvador Allende in Chile, the CIA-engineered coup in Iran in 1953, accidents involving nuclear weapons, and a host of other issues. The Archive has been described as a national treasure, and I couldn't agree more with that assessment.
John Prados, a prolific author and head of the Archive's Vietnam and Intelligence Documentation projects, ran my proposal to share some declassified Pueblo materials past the Archive's board of directors, and they quickly accepted the offer. So I'll be working with John to assemble about two dozen key documents into an "Electronic Briefing Book." We hope to post this collection on the Archive's website on Jan. 23, 2014, the 46th anniversary of the bloody attack and capture of the spy ship by North Korean gunboats.
I'm also very gratified that the Archive wants to permanently store and display much of my full collection of Pueblo documents. This consists of about 40 three-ring binders stuffed to bursting with military and diplomatic cables, intelligence reports, transcripts of closed-door Navy hearings, and news clippings about the capture and its aftermath. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with all this stuff once my book was finished. I'm delighted that it will now be available in perpetuity to other researchers. Thanks, John!
Finally, my terrific editor at New American Library, Brent Howard, shipped me two cases of brand spanking new books this week. I'm busily sending these out to every newspaper book review editor, book blogger, and history magazine editor I can think of. Let me know if you have any suggestions!