Warhead: The True Story of One Teen Who Almost Saved the World

December 10, 2020
Warhead: The True Story of One Teen Who Almost Saved the World

An often hilarious and always relevant memoir about oneteen boy's battle with brain cancer and his Starlight Children'sFoundation wish: to meet Mikhail Gorbachev in Russia and plead fornuclear disarmament and world peace.It's 1986, and Jeff is an average fifteen-year-old: he thinks alot about dating, he bounces around with his friends, and he'strying his hardest to get a car. Conversely, the world around himfeels crazy: the United States and the Soviet Union are at glaringodds, with their leaders in a standoff, and that awful word,"nuclear," is on everyone's mind. Then, boom—Jeff learns that hehas brain cancer and it's likely terminal. Well, that puts a damperon his summer plans and romantic prospects, doesn't it?Jeff's family rallies around him, but they are fiercelycomplicated—especially Jeff's father, a man who can't say "I loveyou" even during the worst of Jeff's treatment. So when theStarlight Children's Foundation offers to grant Jeff a wish, hemakes one certain to earn his father's respect: he asks to travelto Moscow and meet with Mikhail Gorbachev to discuss nucleardisarmament and ending the Cold War. Nothing like achieving worldpeace to impress a distant father, right? Jeff has always been oneto aim high.Jeff's story is dark, but it's also funny, romantic, andsurprising. As his life swings from incredibly ordinary toabsolutely incredible, he grapples with the big questions ofmortality, war, love, hope, and miracles."A sweet but unsentimental account of a trulyfascinating nuclear childhood. Henigson had me at 'Gorbachev.'"—Gary Shteyngart, New York Timesbestselling author of LittleFailure and LakeSuccess