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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Dobbs, Michael, 1950-
One minute to midnight.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008
|Named Person:||John F Kennedy; Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev; Fidel Castro; Fidel Castro; John F Kennedy; Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev|
|Material Type:||Biography, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
|ISBN:||9781400043583 1400043581 9781400078912 1400078911|
|Description:||xvi, 426 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm|
"Eyeball to eyeball" --
"Till hell freezes over --
Strike first --
Hunt for the "Grozny" --
"Some sonofabitch" --
"Run like hell" --
Cat and mouse --
"Crate and return."
Table of Contents:
List of maps -- Preface -- 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" -- Afterword -- Acknowledgments and a note on sources -- Notes -- Index.
Washington Post reporter Dobbs (Saboteurs) is a master at telling stories as they unfold and from a variety of perspectives. In this re- examination of the 1963 Bay of Pigs face-off between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., Dobbs combines visits to Cuba, discussions with Russian participants and fingertip command of archival and printed U.S. sources to describe a wild ride that--contrary to the myth of Kennedy's steel- nerved crisis management--was shaped by improvisation, guesswork and blind luck. Dobbs's protagonists act not out of malevolence, incompetence or machismo. Kennedy, Khrushchev and their advisers emerge as men desperately seeking a handle on a situation no one wanted and no one could resolve. In a densely packed, fast-paced, suspenseful narrative, Dobbs presents the crisis from its early stages through the decision to blockade Cuba and Kennedy's ordering of DEFCON 2, the last step before an attack, to the final resolution on October 27 and 28. The work's climax is a detailed reconstruction of the dry-mouthed, sweaty-armpits environment of those final hours before both sides backed down.
- Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962.
- Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 -- Sources.
- Kennedy, John F. -- (John Fitzgerald), -- 1917-1963.
- Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeevich, -- 1894-1971.
- Castro, Fidel, -- 1926-
- United States -- Foreign relations -- Cuba.
- United States -- Foreign relations -- 1953-1961.
- United States -- Foreign relations -- 1961-1963.
- Cuba -- Foreign relations -- United States.
- Diplomatic relations.
- United States.
- Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
- Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 -- Sources