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Voices from the brink : the Cuban missile crisis

Author: Stephen Phizicky; Terence McKenna; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.; Filmakers Library online.
Publisher: New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2003.
Series: Filmakers library online
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As the threat of weapons of mass destruction looms, this video, made in the late '90s, becomes disturbingly relevant. The closest the world came to a nuclear war in the twentieth century was the Cuban Missile Crisis which played itself out over 13 days in October, 1962. Remarkably, the behind-the-scenes debates were unobtrusively recorded on tape; these were not de-classified until the late 90s. In this film, we  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Streaming videos
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Voices from the brink.
New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2003
(OCoLC)53388281
Named Person: Fidel Castro; Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev; George W Ball; Maxwell D Taylor; Robert F Kennedy; Robert Strange McNamara; John F Kennedy
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Phizicky; Terence McKenna; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.; Filmakers Library online.
OCLC Number: 881523422
Language Note: This edition in English.
Notes: Title from resource description page (viewed Apr. 14, 2014).
Description: 1 online resource (24 min.).
Series Title: Filmakers library online
Responsibility: produced by Stephen Phizicky, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Abstract:

As the threat of weapons of mass destruction looms, this video, made in the late '90s, becomes disturbingly relevant. The closest the world came to a nuclear war in the twentieth century was the Cuban Missile Crisis which played itself out over 13 days in October, 1962. Remarkably, the behind-the-scenes debates were unobtrusively recorded on tape; these were not de-classified until the late 90s. In this film, we hear on tape President John F. Kennedy and the people around him preparing to confront the Soviet Union in Cuba, in the episode considered the climax of the Cold War. The tapes demonstrate how Kennedy stood up to relentless pressure to go to war. His own generals, congressmen and friends warned him that appeasement could lead to disaster; he must not appear cowardly. The issue of pre-emptive strike was considered. In the film, Robert McNamara, the former U.S. Defense Secretary and Gen. Maxwell Taylor, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, urge an attack on Cuba with the goal of destroying the Russian missiles. Opposing them are Attorney General Robert Kennedy and Assistant Secretary of State George Ball, who felt that a surprise air strike would be a terrible political error. Sergei Khrushchev, the son of the Soviet premier, recalls his father¹s shock at learning his military had, without authorization, shot down an American U-2. For all the calmness displayed on these tapes by the President and his key advisors, we now know that some of their calculations were shockingly mistaken. They had no idea of the dangers the country was really facing. The world was much closer to nuclear war than anyone knew.

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