"One Second After" by William Forstchen A relentlessly depressing, frightening and realistic story about the collapse of our nation. A "future history", meant to be a warning cry against a possible threat--that we are both defenseless against and very susceptible to -- it is also very human. It focuses on a single family, and follows them. They are normal, believable. And well written. I felt, deeply, and was viscerally moved several times by their difficulties and losses. This was a tough book; I listened to the audiobook this week and felt it dragging me down. I've been vague. Skip the foreword (by Newt Gingrich!) and straight to the story. The attack is revealed in the early, but the foreword gives it away too soon. A terrible tale, and a must read.