Harvey Simon is the author of The Madman Theory, an alternate history novel set during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The novel’s publication coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Missile Crisis, when the world stood at the brink of nuclear war.
In The Madman Theory, John Kennedy loses the ’60 election to Vice President Richard Nixon. Two years later the Soviets are caught building a secret nuclear missile base in Cuba and President Nixon must decide how to respond.
As the confrontation between the US and its nuclear foe spirals out of control, Pat Nixon struggles to reconcile her strong sense of a wife’s proper role with her marriage to a man who has thrust her into a public life she despises and the two confront their longstanding grievances.
Harvey is a freelance writer and editor living in Washington, DC. His articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and elsewhere. He is a former Harvard University public policy researcher and writer.
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Below are the first two scenes from the screenplay I'm adapting from The Madman Theory. Comments are welcome. INT. WHITE HOUSE CABINET ROOM - DAY [SILENT] Six men are seated on one side of a long table, talking among themselves, smoking and reading from briefing books. WRITTEN WORDS (crawl) In…
Here's a quandry for you. I support the Obama administration's efforts to create closer ties with Cuba. Yet I can't get it out of my mind that Raul Castro--Cuba's current leader--once said he wanted to drop three atomic bombs on New York City. Maybe Raul has mellowed over the years.…
As North Korea's Kim Jong-un escalated his stand off with the U.S. and S. Korea, I kept thinking of how the madman theory has deep roots in the Korean peninsula. After all, that's where Nixon got the idea -- when he visited Korea as vice president on a mission for Eisenhower.…