AUTHORDobbs, Michael
TITLEOne Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War
PUBLISHERAlfred A. Knopf
CITYNew York, NY

The author, formerly a Washington Post staff writer, provides a day-by-day account of the Cuban Missile Crisis from October 16 through October 28, 1962, showing the perspectives of the United States, the Soviet Union, and Cuba. The author uses interviews, visits to missile sites in Cuba, and archival records and reconnaissance photos. Structured chronologically with the headings of each page indicating the exact time when the events took place, the book attempts to capture the anxiety and fear of the time, recounting the major action and the many smaller sets of circumstances that were influencing it. While the missile crisis has been documented extensively, in this work the author seeks to elucidate some of the mysteries that still remain, such as a U-2 flight over Soviet territory, which has yet to be declassified by the U.S. Air Force, and which is treated in this book in a detailed memoir written by the pilot of the mission. Photos and maps supplement the text.

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