Nuclear folly : a history of the Cuban Missile Crisis

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Published 2021
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Summary:

"A dramatic re-creation and urgent examination of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Nearly thirty years after the end of the Cold War, today's world leaders are abandoning disarmament treaties, building up their nuclear arsenals, and exchanging threats of nuclear strikes. To survive this new atomic age, we must return to the lessons of the most dangerous moment of the Cold War: the Cuban Missile Crisis. Nuclear Folly offers an international perspective on the crisis, tracing the tortuous decision-making that produced and then resolved it, involving John Kennedy and his advisers, Nikita Khrushchev and Fidel Castro, and their commanders on the ground. More often than not, the Americans and Soviets misread each other, operated under false information, and came perilously close to nuclear catastrophe. Despite these errors, nuclear war was avoided for one central reason: fear. Serhii Plokhy masterfully illustrates the drama and anxiety of those tense days, and provides a way for us to grapple with the problems posed in our present day"-- Provided by publisher.

ISBN:
9780393540819
0393540812
Edition:
First edition.
Description:
xviii, 444 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents:
Apprentice
Master of the game
Triumph of communism
Rocket man
Going nuclear
Operation Anadyr
High seas
Prisoner of Berlin
Tip-off
Honeymoon
"Wipe them out"
Quarantine
Moscow night
Blinking in the dark
Wooden knife
The Americans are coming
Turkish Quagmire
Losing control
"Target destroyed!"
Secret rendezvous
Bermuda Triangle
Sunday scare
Winners and losers
Indignation
Mission impossible
Back at the barricade
Thanksgiving.
LCCN:
2020033221
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