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One Minute To Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War Kindle Edition
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KENNEDY & KHRUSHCHEV ON THE SAME SIDE...
Dobbs had unprecedented access to archives and key participants from both the US and Russia - and has even managed to investigate some of the sites and accounts from the Cuban perspective. As a result, he's been able to 'triangulate' every detail, synchronising accounts from each of the perspectives of Moscow, Havana and Washington. He offers a day by day account of the days leading up to what became known as Black Saturday (Saturday 27th October 1962), and then an hour by hour account of the day itself. One of the book's big themes is the fragility of the peace, even <em>after</em> the two leaders had themselves become determined to find a peaceful solution.
"The question the world confronted during what came to be known as the Cuban missile crisis was who controlled history: the men in suits, the men with beards, the men in uniform, or nobody at all? In this drama, Kennedy ended up on the same side as his ideological nemesis, Nikita Khrushchev. Neither man wanted war. They both felt an obligation to future generations to rein in the dark, destructive demons they themselves had helped to unleash.Read more ›
It is an enjoyable read, suitable for a long flight.
Well researched and very cleverly written, this book takes the reader behind the scenes of this dramatic and tense stand-off between the two superpowers of their day, capturing not only the pressure felt by the leaders in office, but also the confusion and unrest the soldiers were facing on the ground, sea and air. Also appealing is the way the author has documented all viewpoints of the crises, rather than just concentrating on the American perspective, he has detailed the thought process, decisions and even mistakes being made by Premier Khrushchev and Fidel Castro, which does add another dimension to the story and helps increase the intensity of the unfolding drama.
Written more like a fast paced novel, rather than an historical text book, the author has managed to relay the intensity of the crises in an easy to read format while still ensuring the text is full of facts and accounts that add depth and much needed detail to the subject matter. The only slight gripe I have is the author does like to "blow his own trumpet" by adding in-depth notes at the end of the book highlighting his skill at being able to dig up information that other researchers have missed, and being able to piece together various differing accounts of a similar instance to create historical fact.Read more ›
JFK was no saint, but without him and the wise Kruschev in charge at the other end, the world would be a very different place right now. And what is equally fascinating is how incidents were calmed, and conflict averted, without the instant messaging systems of modern technology: American messages to Russian counterparts sometimes relied on a Cuban delivery boy with a bicycle, who often stopped on his route to chat up beautiful girls, while the world teetered on the brink of armageddon.
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Fascinating read; lots of very interesting new information thanks to author's careful original research.Published 21 days ago by Alistair R Riddell
We were scared out of our wits by the Cuban Missile crisis,,as ships officers,steaming to Norway ,we asked the captain to turn back to th UK,,this book of the event IS absolutely... Read morePublished 3 months ago by John Mckay
excellent read also not so heavy content so pick were you left page no problemPublished 5 months ago by annieduke
I was 10 years old at the time of the Cuban missile crisis and vaguely remember it being mentioned at home,as the years went by and the Kennedy legend gained momentum I became... Read morePublished 6 months ago by paul heath
Bought for my wife as she did not know any thing about near miss WW3.Published 7 months ago by StevievB
One of those books that blurs reality and fantasy, terrifying nonethelessPublished 8 months ago by Pip1
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