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One minute to midnight : Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the brink of nuclear war / Michael Dobbs.

By: Dobbs, Michael, 1950-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008Edition: 1st ed.Description: xvi, 426 p., [24] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781400043583; 1400043581.Subject(s): Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 | Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 -- SourcesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: One minute to midnight.DDC classification: 973.922 LOC classification: E841 | .D573 2008
Contents:
Americans -- Russians -- Cubans -- "Eyeball to eyeball" -- "Till hell freezes over -- Intel -- Nukes -- Strike first -- Hunt for the "Grozny" -- Shootdown -- "Some sonofabitch" -- "Run like hell" -- Cat and mouse -- "Crate and return."
Summary: In October 1962, at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union were sliding inexorably toward a nuclear conflict over the placement of missiles in Cuba. Veteran journalist Michael Dobbs has used 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, he takes us onto the decks of American ships patrolling Cuba; inside sweltering Soviet submarines and missile units as they ready their warheads; and inside the White House and the Kremlin as Kennedy and Khrushchev--rational, intelligent men separated by an ocean of ideological suspicion--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.--From publisher description.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Americans -- Russians -- Cubans -- "Eyeball to eyeball" -- "Till hell freezes over -- Intel -- Nukes -- Strike first -- Hunt for the "Grozny" -- Shootdown -- "Some sonofabitch" -- "Run like hell" -- Cat and mouse -- "Crate and return."

In October 1962, at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union were sliding inexorably toward a nuclear conflict over the placement of missiles in Cuba. Veteran journalist Michael Dobbs has used 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, he takes us onto the decks of American ships patrolling Cuba; inside sweltering Soviet submarines and missile units as they ready their warheads; and inside the White House and the Kremlin as Kennedy and Khrushchev--rational, intelligent men separated by an ocean of ideological suspicion--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.--From publisher description.

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Library Journal Review

What really happened during the Cuban missile crisis; with a three-city tour. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Despite the obvious importance of the Cuban Missile crisis, one must be forgiven for wondering what new can be said for such a heavily studied historical moment. After all, the subject has already been explored in detail in fine works such as R. L. Garthoff's Reflections on the Cuban Missile Crisis (CH, Jul'88; rev. ed., 1989); J. S. Blight and D. A. Welch's On the Brink: Americans and Soviets Examine the Cuban Missile Crisis (CH, Oct'89, 27-1158); A. Fursenko and T. Naftali's One Hell of a Gamble: Khrushchev, Castro, and Kennedy, 1958-64 (1997); and Sheldon Stern's The Week the World Stood Still: Inside the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis (2005). The assumption that there is no more room for yet another study of the Cuban Missile Crisis is wrong, however, as Washington Post journalist Dobbs has put together a wonderfully written and well-researched page-turner that will inform, entertain, and even terrify professional historians and laypersons alike. The last section provides a detailed account of the climactic final day of the crisis that is as gripping as an episode of the television show 24, though One Minute to Midnight is more anxiety producing for being the real account of the world teetering on the edge of catastrophe. Summing Up: Essential. General and undergraduate collections. G. Eow Yale University Library

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Born in 1948 Michael Dobb was Chief of Staff and later Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. He has a doctorate in nuclear defense studies. Dobbs has also been Deputy Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, he presented the BBC TV current affairs program Despatch Box and was a columnist for The Mail on Sunday. <p> Dobbs recently penned the hugely acclaimed theatre play, 'The Turning Point'. He is also the author of the Harry Jones Thrillers, Churchill Novels, and the Parliamentary Novels Series. The immensely popular Netflix series House of Cards is based on book 1 of the Parliamentary Novels by the same name. <p> Michael became Lord Dobbs of Wylye in December 2010 after a long career in and around politics. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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