One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War
In October 1962, at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union came to the brink of nuclear conflict over the placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba. In this hour-by-hour chronicle of those tense days, veteran Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs reveals just how close we... show more
In October 1962, at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union came to the brink of nuclear conflict over the placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba. In this hour-by-hour chronicle of those tense days, veteran Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs reveals just how close we came to Armageddon.Here, for the first time, are gripping accounts of Khrushchev's plan to destroy the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo; the handling of Soviet nuclear warheads on Cuba; and the extraordinary story of a U-2 spy plane that got lost over Russia at the peak of the crisis.Written like a thriller, One Minute to Midnight is an exhaustively researched account of what Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. called “the most dangerous moment in human history,” and the definitive book on the Cuban missile crisis.
Publish date: June 2nd 2009
Pages no: 426
Edition language: English
, American History
, United States
, Military History
, World History
Never read in detail about the Cuba Crisis. So after reading Dobbs book I actually was a bit shaken. So many things could have gone wrong, so many things beyond control from JFK or Khrusjtjov, so many close calls, so many series of events having their own life and momentum. The way USAF planes with...
Michael Dobbs has an extraordinary power to make detail interesting. In this minuted account of the Cuban Missile Crisis, history comes alive and we get an insight behind the scenes of the reported events of the time. Unfortunately, the extraordinary detail and the portrayal of the personalities inv...
The JFK museum in Boston has/had a video of JFK talking about the Cuban Missile Crisis. It addressed, in the first few minutes, a question which has always bothered me. JFK states: "Of course we knew ICBMs were in the future. It was really a matter of face saving."This suggests that it did not matte...