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The armageddon letters : Kennedy, Khrushchev, Castro in the Cuban missile crisis

Author: James G Blight; Janet M Lang; Andrew Whyte; Koji Masutani
Publisher: Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012.
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"In October, 1962, the Cuban missile crisis brought human civilization to the brink of destruction. On the 50th anniversary of the most dangerous confrontation of the nuclear era, two of the leading experts on the crisis recreate the drama of those tumultuous days as experienced by the leaders of the three countries directly involved: U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, and Cuban  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Drama
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James G Blight; Janet M Lang; Andrew Whyte; Koji Masutani
ISBN: 9781442216792 1442216794 9781442216815 1442216816
OCLC Number: 795177946
Description: xi, 304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / Peter Almond --
Introduction. Armageddon in retrospect: "carrying the fire" of the Cuban Missile Crisis into the twenty-first century --
Cast of characters. Three leaders/three crises --
Prelude. Sleepwalk: November 9, 1960-September 11, 1962 --
Act I. Collision: October 22-23, 1962 --
Act II. Spiral: October 23-28, 1962 --
Act III. Escape: October 27-31, 1962 --
Act IV. Squeeze: October 30, 1962-November 20, 1962 --
Postscript. Hope: December 10, 1962-October 15, 2010 --
Appendix A. The Armageddon time machine/text: acquiring the Letters --
Appendix B. The Armageddon time machine/context: bringing the letters back to life.
Responsibility: James G. Blight and Janet M. Lang ; graphic narrative by Andrew Whyte with storyline and dialogue by Koji Masutani.

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"In October, 1962, the Cuban missile crisis brought human civilization to the brink of destruction. On the 50th anniversary of the most dangerous confrontation of the nuclear era, two of the leading experts on the crisis recreate the drama of those tumultuous days as experienced by the leaders of the three countries directly involved: U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, and Cuban President Fidel Castro. Organized around the letters exchanged among the leaders as the crisis developed and augmented with many personal details of the circumstances under which they were written, considered, and received, Blight and Lang poignantly document the rapidly shifting physical and psychological realities faced in Washington, Moscow, and Havana. The result is a revolving stage that allows the reader to experience the Cuban missile crisis as never before--through the eyes of each leader as they move through the crisis. The Armageddon Letters: Kennedy, Khrushchev, Castro in the Cuban Missile Crisis transports the reader back to October 1962, telling a story as gripping as any fictional apocalyptic novel."--Publisher's website.

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Blight and Lang (Balsillie Sch. of International Affairs; coauthors, Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived) present a controversial investigation of the Cuban Missile Crisis, taking an approach Read more...

 
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