Modern history

One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War

One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War

In October 1962, at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union appeared to be sliding inexorably toward a nuclear conflict over the placement of missiles in Cuba. Veteran "Washington Post" reporter Michael Dobbs has pored over previously untapped American, Soviet, and Cuban sources to produce the most authoritative book yet on the Cuban missile crisis. In his hour-by-hour chronicle of those near-fatal days, Dobbs reveals some startling new incidents that illustrate how close we came to Armageddon.

Here, for the first time, are gripping accounts of Khrushchev's plan to destroy the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo; the accidental overflight of the Soviet Union by an American spy plane; the movement of Soviet nuclear warheads around Cuba during the tensest days of the crisis; the activities of CIA agents inside Cuba; and the crash landing of an American F-106 jet with a live nuclear weapon on board.

Preface

Chapter 1. Americans

Chapter 2. Russians

Chapter 3. Cubans + Photo Insert One

Chapter 4. "Eyeball to Eyeball"

Chapter 5. "Till Hell Freezes Over"

Chapter 6. Intel

Chapter 7. Nukes

Chapter 8. Strike First + Photo Insert Two

Chapter 9. Hunt for the Grozny

Chapter 10. Shootdown

Chapter 11. "Some Sonofabitch"

Chapter 12. "Run Like Hell"

Chapter 13. Cat and Mouse

Chapter 14. "Crate and Return" + Photo Insert Three

Afterword

Notes