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One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War

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In October 1962, at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union appeared to be sliding inexorably toward a nuclear conflict over the placement of missiles in Cuba. Veteran Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs has pored over previously untapped American, Soviet, and Cuban sources to produce the most authoritative book yet on the Cuban missile crisis. In his hour-by-hour chronicle of those near-fatal days, Dobbs reveals some startling new incidents that illustrate 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 accidental overflight of the Soviet Union by an American spy plane; the movement of Soviet nuclear warheads around Cuba during the tensest days of the crisis; the activities of CIA agents inside Cuba; and the crash landing of an American F-106 jet with a live nuclear weapon on board.

Dobbs takes us inside the White House and the Kremlin as Kennedy and Khrushchev agonize over the possibility of war. He shows how these two leaders recognized the terrifying realities of the nuclear age while Castro - never swayed by conventional political considerations - demonstrated the messianic ambition of a man selected by history for a unique mission. Dobbs brings us onto the decks of American ships patrolling Cuba; inside sweltering Soviet submarines and missile units as they ready their warheads; and onto the streets of Miami, where anti-Castro exiles plot the dictator's overthrow.

©2008 Michael Dobbs; (P)2008 Books on Tape

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"One Minute to Midnight is nothing less than a tour de force, a dramatic, nail-biting page-turner that is also an important work of scholarship. Michael Dobbs combines the skills of an experienced investigative journalist, a talented writer, and an intelligent historical analyst. His research is stunning. No other history of the Cuban missile crisis matches this achievement." (Martin Sherwin, co-author of American Prometheus)

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    Karol Babioch 03.09.2017

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    "Most extensive report on Cuban Missile Crisis"

    This is definitely the most extensive report on the Cuban Missile Crisis I've came across so far. It covers the events from all perspectives (USA, USSR, Cuba) and also gives a lot of historical background. Although every one knows the outcome, it is written in a very exciting way. The author has revealed a few new facts about the crisis with this book, and in retrospect it is a miracle that all of this has not lead to nuclear war. Hopefully our leaders these days know their history and cool heads will prevail, because looking at current-day events (especially in North Korea, but also USA vs. Russia, USA vs. China, etc.) makes me wonder where all of this is heading.

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    No One Siena Italy 31.12.2013

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    "Everything you wanted to know"

    Everything you wanted to know about Cuban Missiles Crisis is here well and deptly depicted, with an hour by hour diary based on latest unclassified documents from both US and USSR.

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