The authors will speak about their new book, Cold War Long Island, which chronicles Cold War activities on Long Island, including the establishment of bases for nuclear-tipped missiles in Rocky Point and Westhampton, and proposed Plum Island Animal Disease Center research on the use of biological warfare to destroy livestock in the Soviet Union. Soviet spy rings on the island and the role of Brookhaven National Labs will also be discussed.


The Authors

Dr. Christopher Verga teaches Long Island history at Suffolk County Community College. His earlier books include World War II Long Island: The Homefront in Nassau and Suffolk, Civil Rights on Long Island, Bay Shore, and Saving Fire Island from Robert Moses.


Karl Grossman is a professor of journalism at the SUNY College at Old Westbury who has specialized in investigative reporting in a variety of media for more than 50 years. He has been based in Suffolk County. His books include Power Crazy: Is LILCO Turning Shoreham into America’s Chernobyl?, Weapons in Space, and Cover Up: What You Are Not Supposed to Know About Nuclear Power. Grossman is the founder and the first president of the Press Club of Long Island.


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