AUTHORPolmar, Norman / Gresham, John D.
TITLEDEFCON-2: Standing on the Brink of Nuclear War During the Cuban Missile Crisis
PUBLISHERJohn Wiley and Sons, Inc.
CITYNew York, NY

This book describes the military dimension of the Cuban Missile Crisis, putting it in the context of superpower political developments and decision-making in the fall of 1962. It also studies the success of the United States intelligence agencies in exposing Operation Anadyr, the Soviet plan to deploy missiles, bombers, and infantry in Cuba. The authors present the personalities, events, and nuclear weapons that converged to bring the world to the brink of nuclear war, and they demonstrate how John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev, leaders with very different experiences, withdrew from a nuclear confrontation. The title of the book refers to the fact that at no other time in U.S. history were military forces on the high alert of Defense Condition-2 (DEFCON-2), symbolizing the danger of nuclear war in the Cold War period. Appendices provide details of U.S. and Soviet operations and weapons systems.

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