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Nuclear folly : a history of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Author: Serhii Plokhy
Publisher: New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, [2021]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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A harrowing account of the Cuban missile crisis and how the US and USSR came to the brink of nuclear apocalypse. 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 relearn the lessons of the most dangerous moment of the Cold War: the Cuban  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Informational works
History
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Serhii Plokhy
ISBN: 9780393540819 0393540812
OCLC Number: 1155066526
Description: xviii, 444 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue --
1. Nemises. Apprentice ; Master of the game --
II. Red gamble. Triumph of communism ; Rocket man ; Going nuclear ; Operation Anadyr ; High seas --
III. Agony of decision. Prisoner of Berlin ; Tip-off ; Honeymoon ; "Wipe them out" ; Quarantine --
IV. Moment of truth. Moscow night ; Blinking in the dark ; Wooden knife ; The Americans are coming! --
V. Black Saturday. Turkish quagmire ; Losing control ; "Target destroyed!" ; Secret rendezvous ; Bermuda Triangle --
VI. Rising from the dead. Sunday scare ; Winners and losers ; Indignation --
VII. Settlement. Mission impossible ; Back at the barricade ; Thanksgiving.
Responsibility: Serhii Plokhy.

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A harrowing account of the Cuban missile crisis and how the US and USSR came to the brink of nuclear apocalypse. 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 relearn the lessons of the most dangerous moment of the Cold War: the Cuban missile crisis. Serhii Plokhy's Nuclear Folly offers an international perspective on the crisis, tracing the tortuous decision-making that produced and then resolved it, which involved John Kennedy and his advisers, Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, and their commanders on the ground. In breathtaking detail, Plokhy vividly recounts the young JFK being played by the canny Khrushchev; the hotheaded Castro willing to defy the USSR and threatening to align himself with China; the Soviet troops on the ground clearing jungle foliage in the tropical heat, and desperately trying to conceal nuclear installations on Cuba, which were nonetheless easily spotted by U-2 spy planes; and the hair-raising near misses at sea that nearly caused a Soviet nuclear-armed submarine to fire its weapons. 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 ultimately avoided for one central reason: fear, and the realization that any escalation on either the Soviets' or the Americans' part would lead to mutual destruction. Drawing on a range of Soviet archival sources, including previously classified KGB documents, as well as White House tapes, 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. --

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