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

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

Michael Dobbs

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 Guantánamo; 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. Dobbs takes us inside the White House and the Kremlin as Kennedy and Khrushchev agonize over the possibility of war. He shows how these two leaders recognized the terrifying realities of the nuclear age while Castro-never swayed by conventional political considerations-demonstrated the messianic ambition of a man selected by history for a unique mission. Dobbs brings us onto the decks of American ships patrolling Cuba; inside sweltering Soviet submarines and missile units as they ready their warheads; and onto the streets of Miami, where anti-Castro exiles plot the dictator's overthrow. From the Compact Disc edition.

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 Guantánamo; 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. Dobbs takes us inside the White House and the Kremlin as Kennedy and Khrushchev agonize over the possibility of war. He shows how these two leaders recognized the terrifying realities of the nuclear age while Castro-never swayed by conventional political considerations-demonstrated the messianic ambition of a man selected by history for a unique mission. Dobbs brings us onto the decks of American ships patrolling Cuba; inside sweltering Soviet submarines and missile units as they ready their warheads; and onto the streets of Miami, where anti-Castro exiles plot the dictator's overthrow. From the Compact Disc edition.
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History

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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 Guantánamo; 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. Dobbs takes us inside the White House and the Kremlin as Kennedy and Khrushchev agonize over the possibility of war. He shows how these two leaders recognized the terrifying realities of the nuclear age while Castro-never swayed by conventional political considerations-demonstrated the messianic ambition of a man selected by history for a unique mission. Dobbs brings us onto the decks of American ships patrolling Cuba; inside sweltering Soviet submarines and missile units as they ready their warheads; and onto the streets of Miami, where anti-Castro exiles plot the dictator's overthrow. From the Compact Disc edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Bob Walter

Length:

16h 31m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:42


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:22


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:36


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:08


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:11


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:39


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:02


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:03


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:06


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:13


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:55


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:25


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:54


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:41


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:53


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:50


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:28


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:22


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:37


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:11


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:59


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:08


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:31


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:36


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:07


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:18


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:16


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:26


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:39


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:58


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:07


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:46


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:52


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:37


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:11


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:53


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:29


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:32


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:48


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:44


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:51


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:23


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:18


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:55


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:22


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:36


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:29


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:10


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:09


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:07


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:14


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:37


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:03


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:37


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:49


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:15


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:43


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:23


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:56


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:35


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:15


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:40


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:39


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:46


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:54


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:32


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:14


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:18


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:06


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:18


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:54


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:26


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:26


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:14


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:46


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:23


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:15


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:27


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:25


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:22


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:32


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:07


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:57


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:48


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:45


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:37


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:56


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:27


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:05


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:16


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:47


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:20


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:26


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:58


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:22


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:26


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:41


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:51


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:57


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:03


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:26


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:14


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:11


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:06


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:53


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:13


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:34


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:51


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:48


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:13


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:37


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:23


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:11


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:39


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:51


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:53


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:21


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:14


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:39


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:50


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:59


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

03:34


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:27


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:21


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:33


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:47


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:20


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:14


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:01


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:20


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:46


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:13


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:26


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:32


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:44


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:51


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

04:16


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

03:22


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

03:25


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:19


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

04:22


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:07


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

04:26


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

04:47


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

04:24


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:17


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

03:06


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

03:54


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

03:02


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

04:10


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

04:14


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

04:04


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:16


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

04:07


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

03:35


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

03:27


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

03:22


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

03:50


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

03:24


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

03:24


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

04:33


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

04:26


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

04:04


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

03:19


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

03:08


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

03:30


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

04:06


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

04:28


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

05:00


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

04:01


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

04:51


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

04:06


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

03:36


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

03:56


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

04:09


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

03:59


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

04:53


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

04:46


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

04:30


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

04:38


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

04:16


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

04:36


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

04:17


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

04:28


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

04:04


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

04:30


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

04:04


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

04:29


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

03:51


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

04:06


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

04:19


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

03:23


Chapter 199
Chapter 199

04:56

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