‘One minute to midnight’ -The Cuban missile crisis

The most interesting part of this Washington Post article is the online discussion with the author. We have linked to it, as it is too long to keep in its entirety.

Book World: ‘One Minute to Midnight’
Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro On the Brink of Nuclear War

Michael Dobbs
Author and Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 24, 2008; 3:00 PM


“In One Minute to Midnight, Michael Dobbs sets out to ‘help a new generation of readers relive the quintessential Cold War crisis’ and, in particular, its harrowing climax on ‘Black Saturday,’ Oct. 27, just before the Kremlin leader lanced the tension by agreeing to withdraw the missiles. In this he succeeds brilliantly, marshaling diverse sources to relate an intensely human story of Americans, Russians and Cubans caught up in what the late historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. termed ‘the most dangerous moment in human history.'”

Washington Post staff writer Michael Dobbs was online Tuesday, June 24 to discuss his new book about the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro On the Brink of Nuclear War, which was reviewed in Book World. He also wrote about the Cuban missile crisis and its lessons for today’s leaders in the Post Outlook Section.

Dobbs awards Pinocchios to exaggerating and prevaricating politicians and pundits in his Washington Post column, The Fact Checker. He is also the author of Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America and Down with Big Brother: The Fall of the Soviet Empire.

A transcript follows.

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