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One Minute To Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War [Kindle Edition]

Michael Dobbs
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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Washington Post reporter Dobbs (Saboteurs) is a master at telling stories as they unfold and from a variety of perspectives. In this re-examination of the 1963 Bay of Pigs face-off between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., Dobbs combines visits to Cuba, discussions with Russian participants and fingertip command of archival and printed U.S. sources to describe a wild ride that—contrary to the myth of Kennedy's steel-nerved crisis management—was shaped by improvisation, guesswork and blind luck. Dobbs's protagonists act not out of malevolence, incompetence or machismo. Kennedy, Khrushchev and their advisers emerge as men desperately seeking a handle on a situation no one wanted and no one could resolve. In a densely packed, fast-paced, suspenseful narrative, Dobbs presents the crisis from its early stages through the decision to blockade Cuba and Kennedy's ordering of DEFCON 2, the last step before an attack, to the final resolution on October 27 and 28. The work's climax is a detailed reconstruction of the dry-mouthed, sweaty-armpits environment of those final hours before both sides backed down. From first to last, this sustains Dobbs's case that crisis management is a contradiction in terms. (June 5)
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"Extraordinary. . . . As gripping as any fiction. Dobbs is an impeccable researcher and reporter."
The Christian Science Monitor

"A book with sobering new information about the world's only superpower nuclear confrontation—as well as contemporary relevance . . . Filled with insights that will change the views of experts and help inform a new generation."
—Richard Holbrooke, The New York Times Book Review

"Riveting and highly informative, One Minute to Midnight portrays the intense human drama of mankind on the brink of an unthinkable war."
The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Gripping. . . . A significant contribution to our understanding of that perilous autumn."
Bloomberg News

"[Dobbs] 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' . . . [Filled] with memorable characters in extraordinary circumstances and exotic settings . . . One Minute to Midnight evokes novelists like Alan Furst, John le Carré or Graham Greene."
—James G. Hershberg, The Washington Post Book World

"Dobbs writes it up like a thriller."
The New York Post

"With new info and angles, this hair-raising analysis traces the trail of mishaps and miscalculations that nearly ended life on earth."
American History Magazine

"One Minute to Midnight is nothing less than a tour de force, a dramatic, nail-biting page-turner that is also an important work of scholarship. Michael Dobbs combines the skills of an experienced investigative journalist, a talented writer and an intelligent historical analyst. His research is stunning. No other history of the Cuban missile crisis matches this achievement."
—Martin Sherwin, coauthor of American Prometheus

"At a time of danger for a nation it is important for political leaders first to think, then to think more and try avoid shooting. This book gives a day by day perspective on how two world leaders, John Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev, showed their ability to manage a crisis. Thanks to them, humanity survived and we are able to read this book."
—Sergei Khrushchev

"Is there anything new left to be said about the 1962 missile crisis? As it turns out, there is. This book puts forward the first reports I've seen of Soviet-Cuban plans to wipe out the Guantanamo Naval Base. That an American U-2 strayed over the Soviet Union during the crisis has been known all along, but Dobbs gives us the first full account of what happened. There were so many inadvertent steps and so many miscalculations involved in the crisis that we were lucky to come through it with the world in one piece."
—Wayne Smith, Director of the Cuban Program, Center for International Policy

"Did we need another book on the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962?  Anyone reading One Minute to Midnight will quickly realize that we did need another—and that this is it. This is unquestionably the most complete and accurate account of the crisis that we have, and will no doubt long remain so. Michael Dobbs has managed to combine the careful and thorough research of a scholar into the ability of an able journalist to bring his findings to life in a dramatic story that illuminates the historical events it examines with lively characterization of the people who made up the cast of the drama. It is first rate great history and a great read!"
—Ambassador Raymond Garthoff, former intelligence analyst and author of Reflections on the Cuban Missile Crisis

"Dobbs’s hour-to-hour chronology of those tormenting days when the world stood on the verge of nuclear holocaust is riveting. To enhance his knowledge of these events and installations, he studied the photographs taken during the crisis; Dobbs is the first historian to use these important images."
—Dino Brugioni, author of Eyeball to Eyeball

"Dobbs is a master . . . densely packed, fast-paced, suspenseful."
Publishers Weekly

"A vivid account of just how close to the brink the world truly came . . . A welcome introduction to that perilous time."
Kirkus Reviews

"Dobbs presents new and often startling information that again confirms that the 'thirteen days in October' brought the world to the edge of an unprecedented cataclysm."

"First-rate . . . Even those who think they know everything about this event will learn new stories and gain further insight into the thinking of the major participants."
Library Journal


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 448 Seiten
  • Verlag: Cornerstone Digital (4. September 2008)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0031RSA60
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5.0 von 5 Sternen “We should invade today.” (General Curtis LeMay) 21. Dezember 2012
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The Cuban missile crisis began and ended 50 years ago. Although it covered just a brief span of time - 13 days in October 1962 - its impact is still influential to U.S. policy toward proliferation in general and todays nuclear ambitions in Iran or North Korea in particular.

During these thirteen days, the future seemed to hang on a thread, U.S. military forces around the world were placed on high alert, and the huge fleet of B-52 Stratofortress nuclear bombers as well as land-based missiles under General Curtis LeMay of the SAC (Strategic Air Command) were moved to DEFCON-2 (Defense Condition Two), the highest state of readiness short of war.

This was the first and only time during the Cold War that the SAC reached such a level and that the U.S. and the Soviet Union came close to using nuclear weapons against each other. Shortly after the launch of Sputnik I in 1957, Nikita Khrushchev made the famous statement that he had a factory producing ballistic missiles “like sausages.” While this was patently untrue, the rest of the world had no way to see through this bluff; Khrushchev had his timing right because everybody was awed by the successful Sputnik mission. Only a handful of intelligence, military and political leaders knew that Soviet strategic forces were actually inferior to those of the United States. Troubled by this strategic imbalance, Khrushchev was convinced that there was enormous waste in the Soviet missile program. When he learned, in mid 1962, that the U.S. continued its deployment of intermediate-range Jupiter missiles pointed at Moscow (30 in Italy and 15 in Turkey), he was feeling encircled. “What about throwing one of our hedgehogs down the pants of Uncle Sam?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ausgezeichnet 10. Oktober 2010
Das Buch besticht durch seine außergewöhnliche Aufmerksamkeit gegenüber den vielfältigen Details der Kuba-Krise, was durch die Schilderung in chronologischer Abfolge der Ereignisse sehr gut unterstützt wird. Dennoch gerät das Werk dadurch nicht zu einer dumpfen Aufzählung historischer Fakten, vielmehr versteht es der Autor ein lebendiges Bild der Geschehnisse entstehen zu lassen, geprägt durch das Spannungsfeld zwischen kurzfristigen Entscheidungen auf der einen Seite und andererseits den Erwägungen, die - ohne Übertreibung - die Zukunft der gesamten Menschheit betreffen. Faszinierend und ebenso erschreckend ist dabei, wie häufig die obersten Entscheidungsträger die äußerst angespannte Lage nicht unter vollständiger Kontrolle hatten, wo der Fehler eines einzelnen Soldaten der Auslöser für einen nuklearen Schlagabtausch hätte sein können.
Obwohl es sich trotz guter Ausgewogenheit dennoch um eine historische Aufarbeitung handelt, die den Fokus auf das Agieren der USA legt, womit manche Aspekte der historischen Einbettung in den Hintergrund treten (stellvertretend sei die Stationierung der Jupiter-Raketen in der Türkei genannt), gebührt dem Autor Anerkennung für die Leistung, die er mit diesem Buch vorgelegt hat.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Frightening! 4. Oktober 2013
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The book covers the events of the Cuba missile crisis, the options political leaders had and their decisions - everything on a high level of detail. The really scary thing about this crisis - and what the public is probably not aware or - is that it might easily have run out of control of Kennedy and Krushchev. For instance: Tactical nuclear missiles (to repel a US invasion) to were under control of hot-blooded Cuban (not Russian) front-line commanders. A Soviet sub that was forced to surface by US naval forces had nuclear torpedoes on bord that could have been fired by its commander even without re-confirmation from Soviet high command. So functioning command and control was not established at both conflicting parties.
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Perfekte Zusammenschau der Ereignisse, die zur Kuba-Krise von 1962 führten. Eine Reihe von Einzelheiten wird neu in s Gedächtnis gerufen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Good Buy! 15. Februar 2010
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Great book with a lot of information about the cuban missile crisis and really interesting to read, not like another school book but like a thriller!
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