Earlier this year, as many of you know, WIRED dedicated our February issue of the magazine to an excerpt of 2034 . Then, for the past six weeks, we serialized the excerpt on this website. Today we are running the final WIRED chapter —and an interview with the authors. (The book in its entirety goes on sale next week.) MARIA STRESHINSKY, WIRED: So, where did the idea for this book come from? ADMIRAL JAMES STAVRIDIS: From another novel that I read many years ago, in the 1980s, called The Third World War , by Sir John Hackett. It is a superb novel that imagines a global war between the United States and the Soviet Union. Over the past few years, the conversation about China and the United States heading toward a cold war began to gain real currency. You heard Henry Kissinger, for example, say that "we’re not in a cold war, but we’re in the foothills of a cold war." I started to think: How can we avoid a war with China? And I think part of the reason we avoided a war with the Soviet Union was that we could imagine how terrible it would be. And part… Read full this story
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