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The Cuban Missile Crisis

The Threshold of Nuclear War, 1st Edition

By Alice George


192 pages

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For thirteen days in October of 1962, a truly perilous flirtation with nuclear war developed between the United States and USSR, as the superpowers argued over the installation of Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba. Launched by rash judgment and concluded through circumspect leadership, the Cuban Missile Crisis acted as a catalyst for change during the Cold War. Resolved through back-channel negotiations, the moment is popularly remembered as the closest the world has ever come to full-scale nuclear war.

Using government memoranda, personal letters, and newspaper articles The Cuban Missile Crisis, details the actual events of the political history, while explaining widespread public response. In six concise chapters, Alice George introduces the history of Cold War America and contextualizes its political, social, and cultural legacy. This will be a must-read for anyone looking for an in-depth summary of these important events.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1-Understanding the Cuban Missile Crisis

Chapter 2-Countries in Tension

Chapter 3-October 1962

Chapter 4-Nuclear Precedents and the Legacy of the Crisis


About the Author

Alice L. George is an independent historian. She is the author of Awaiting Armageddon: How Americans Faced the Cuban Missile Crisis and The Assassination of John F. Kennedy: Political Trauma and American Memory (Routledge 2012).

About the Series

Critical Moments in American History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Military / Nuclear Warfare
HISTORY / Military / United States
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century