The Cuban Missile Crisis

The Threshold of Nuclear War
George, Alice
Date published: 
March 2013

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. 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.