Day of Wrath with Dr. Bill Forstchen
I’ve been an avid reader since I was a small child . . . I imagine I have that in common with many of you. Non-fiction books provide us facts and information necessary for work, learning, and other projects. Often, however, I read for pleasure and relaxation. After all, a good book draws you in, makes you forget yourself and your immediate surroundings, and instantly transports you to a different place and time. A good book can persuade you to laugh, cry . . . or even cringe in fear.
Seldom does one read a book of such profound significance that it radically changes your direction, or even compels you to chart an entirely new course.
For me, Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged demonstrated in no uncertain terms the critical importance of the free market and limited government. It sent me on a quest to study the philosophy of our nation’s founders and the Constitution that enshrined Natural Law rights and celebrated the sovereign man.
After reading George Orwell’s 1984, it was difficult to ignore the very tangible possibility that our federal government could become a threat to our unalienable rights instead of a protector of our freedom. Phrases from that book superimposed on the fabric of today’s technology warn us that we are now so very close to Orwell’s totalitarian nightmare.
In 2009, a book was published that caused a visceral quantum shift in focus for an entire group of people. That book, One Second After by Dr. Bill Forstchen, immediately reached the New York Times best seller list, where it remained for 12 weeks. On page two of the book, the United States is devastated by an apocalyptic EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack that destroys the electrical grid, all electronic devices, and the availability of basic life necessities (food, clean water, transportation, communication, medicine). The inhabitants of a small rural community in the western North Carolina Mountains struggle to survive and rebuild a civilized society in the absence of traditional authority. That dangerous and painful, trial-and-error process became the field manual for many tea party/patriot groups, as well as many individuals and families. This book, along with an out of control government and world-wide unease, quietly revitalized and mainstreamed the “prepper” movement.
Today our nation faces formidable internal and external threats. These threats have galvanized the “prepper” community and others to prepare for the aftermath of any catastrophic event that has the potential to eradicate the thin veneer of civilization. Regardless of what that event may actually be, a top contender for the greatest single threat to our safety and freedom is Radical Islamic Jihad and its unrelenting ideology of terrorism and oppression.
Recently released and appropriately titled, Dr. Bill Forstchen’s new book, Day of Wrath, is a realistic and chilling account of an attack by ISIS on American soil. The main target of the attack is our most vulnerable national treasure . . . our children. Forstchen delivers another plausible and terrifying tale, a glimpse into the cycles of history and the actions and mindset of those who participate and survive.
Join Dr. Dan Eichenbaum and Dr. Bill Forstchen as as they discuss Dr. Forstchen’s new book, Day of Wrath, and the history and past and current events that inspired him to write it. Part one airs this weekend, January 17-18, on WJRB 95.1 FM and streamed live over the Internet. Part two airs January 24-25, and part three airs January 31 – February 1. All programs are available by podcast following air time here.
Dr. William R. Forstchen holds a Ph.D. in History from Purdue University with a specialization in military history. He is the author of over forty books, several of which have been New York Times best sellers.
“I hated writing this book. I had looked forward to a relaxing summer after working on a morally uplifting book about the promise of our space program. I did not want to write this one, but, as I expressed to friends, I feared that if I did not write it, and this nightmare happened, which it surely can, I would be responsible in some way for remaining silent. If you read on from here, it will not be an enjoyable experience. I hope that it will make enough of us think things through to ensure not only the safety of our children, but of our Republic as well. And, as always with such works that speculate a dark future, I hope that awareness will bring preparedness and thus the nightmare never happens. If so, the effort will have been worth it.”
Dr. Forstchen’s groundbreaking novel, One Second After, raised national awareness of the potential threat of an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) strike. He, along with other experts on terrorism and the military situation in the Middle East, firmly believes that it is time America took serious note of the threats leveled by ISIS, namely that we are their next target. Clearly, it is not a question of “if” . . . . It is only a question of “when”.
Wonderful article. One of your best. Thanks.
I have known of Dr. Forstchen’s great intellect and strong pro-American and Christian principles for years, but have never read one of his books, which I will now do. Retirement gives more time for some really good things. By the way, my husband, Bob has written a book and he has never before leaned in that direction. The name will be change slightly with the second edition, from The Life of an Ordinary Man to Ordinary Bob, by Robert Lewis Hays.
Hi Dr. Dan!
I do not know if this is something you would be interested in or not but I am the promoter of the 2nd Annual Mountain Prepper Expo to be held on May 16 & 17, 2015 – Sevierville Convention Center, Sevierville, TN and I am looking for anyone who can further the Prepper movement either as speakers or exhibitors or both. I met you when you were running for office at one of your appearances over here in Franklin at the Freedom Works meeting. Interestingly, two days ago I just happened to email Bill Forstchen with an offer to appear, speak, sell books whatever as well. I have no idea if this is something that you would be interested in speaking at or if there is anything that we could work together on that would further the cause. If so, put your thinking cap on and let’s discuss the possibilities. I’m open to all ideas and do reserve several spots for guys like NRA, Oath Keepers, local Tea Party affiliations etc all of which joined us last year. Check out our website: http://www.mountainprepperexpos.com and if interested please give me a call or drop me an email to discuss. Keep up the fight my friend!
I’ve read this book and its great. Everyone should read it. This was one that I couldn’t stop thinking about afterwards…..
A terrifying book because it could so easily happen whether by Islamic extremist or just a group of crazy individuals, no one is safe in a “gun free zone” when faced with people that mean to kill you.
Bought it already. Haven’t read it, yet.
Bill – I’ll respond by email.
Zora – How wonderful to hear from you. I think you will very much enjoy reading one of Dr. Forstchen’s books, especially, One Second After, as it takes place in Black Mountain. Wishing you and Bob a very happy, healthy, and blessed New Year.
Kathy, thank you for your kind words. Happy New Year to you!
Thanks, Jerry. Let me know what you think.
Bill – I couldn’t agree more!
For those of us who actually live in Western North Carolina, the plausibility of the storyline coupled with the familiarity of the surroundings referenced in the book made it especially terrifying.
Many of our current problems would have been avoided had reading Atlas Shrugged been mandatory prior to high school graduation. The author apparently builds on Atlas Shrugs, 1984 and his own One Second After to consolidate the message in a current day ( & perhaps prescient) account of the threat posed by Islamic radicalism with particular focus of the recently emergent power center, ISIS.
THANKS DOCTOR DAN,
My old eyes are tired from reading 1000’s of books in my life, but One Second After was devoured in two days. I’ve shared it with lots of other people also, as a wake-up call.
Day of Wrath is now on my list!
Looking forward to this program. We have read One Second After and now, Day of Wrath. So concerning how easily these things could actually happen in our own back yards. Our borders are open to evil.
Thank you so much for writing this book. I have been concerned about an EMP attack for many years and we are totally unprepared. I just don’t know what our military and national security people are thinking if at all The entire electrical grid can be hardened against an attack for less the $5 billion which they spend every 12 hours in Washington. We need to protect ourselves- Your book will raise awareness of the danger and maybe something they will do something. Time is running short with N Korea and Iran soon to get the bomb. They could launch it from a ship and no one will even know who did it and it won’t matter anyway once it happens.
You have done a great service to our country by writing this book. At least we have been forewarned.