For a good while I've been trying to recall a book I read about 15 years ago. What I remember: The Novel was based around a modern day (at the time) global war scenario, with the main battles taking place on the Asian continent between US and Chinese infantry forces, involving entrenched combat during bitter cold.
- The Book was very large, about the size of a hefty encyclopedia/dictionary.
- There was a plane on the cover resembling an F-117 Nighthawk
- A good portion of the plot focuses on the internal monologue of a newly elected US president. In particular I remember his monologue describing how he was trained to "chop" one hand into his palm to emphasise certain words during his speech he uses "and that is something i feel very strongly about" as an example I think.
- Another main character was a younger US soldier who survived a massacre by chinese forces by hiding under his dead comrades in his trench.
- Descriptions of the M16 a high ranking US soldier was using vs the AK rifles the chinese were using, in particular the fire selection modes and how they showed the attitude/fighting style of each force.
- Background character US Soldier getting a cold burn from his frozen rifle
I hope this rings a bell with somebody, the title has plagued me for years!