Lundahl took the briefing boards out of his bag and laid them on the table. This book examines the competition between the USA and USSR to develop space programs that could land men on the moon, culminating with Apollo 11. . Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2015. For those readers who were alive in 1962, as well as those born since, this book should convince all, … The events are presented chronologically, which gives us a minute-by-minute account, and therefore it reads like a thriller. Previous page of related Sponsored Products. This book comprehensively covers the entire history of the USSR, profiling its notorious leaders, its biggest battles, and its most important policies. As much stories to burnish the legend of JFK as historical accounts, these initial versions still help to shape the view of the crisis for many Americans. 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To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. This book puts forward the first reports I've seen of Soviet-Cuban plans to wipe out the Guantanamo Naval Base. Michael Dobbs combines the skills of an experienced investigative journalist, a talented writer, and an … Top subscription boxes – right to your door, One Hell of a Gamble: Khrushchev, Castro, and Kennedy, 1958-1964: The Secret History of the Cuban…, Nuclear Weapons & Warfare History (Books), © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. "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. As gripping as any fiction. Help others learn more about this product by uploading a video! This is unquestionably the most complete and accurate account of the crisis that we have, and will no doubt long remain so. “Caroline, have you been eating candy?” No reply. 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I bought this book a few years ago and have had reason to go back and read portions of it. . In One Minute to Midnight Michael Dobbs brings a fresh perspective to this crucial moment in twentieth-century history. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. The events are presented chronologically, which gives us a minute-by-minute account, and therefore it reads like a thriller. As the story unfolds the author describes events from the perspective of those involved. Behind them stood a small bronze bust of Abraham Lincoln, flanked by some model sailing ships. Once armed and ready to fire, they could explode over Washington in thirteen minutes, turning the capital into a scorched wasteland. You don't want to miss this! Didn't get bored at all reading this. Please choose a different delivery location or purchase from another seller. Missiles of identical length had been photographed at military parades in Red Square in Moscow. By Michael Dobbs. . You don't want to miss this! "—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. "—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. He was educated at Hertford Grammar School, Cheshunt Grammar School, and Christ Church, Oxford.. After graduating from Oxford in 1971 with a third-class BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Dobbs moved to the United States. Their frowns dissolved into smiles as the president got up from his leather-upholstered seat and led his daughter back toward the door of the Cabinet Room. The two most tense hours in the world’s history. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. In secrecy, while insisting they would never contemplate such a thing, the Soviet leaders had installed surface-to-surface nuclear missiles on Cuba, less than a hundred miles from American shores. . . These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. He is a reporter for. Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2015. Detailed, Well Researched and Very Interesting, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 16, 2019. In One Minute to Midnight, Michael Dobbs, a seasoned investigative reporter and foreign correspondent with the Washington Post, provides a hour-by-hour account of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Thoroughly researched and engagingly written, this book pulls you in immediately and holds you tight until the end. I remember our platoon sergeant casually telling us that the explosives that would be dropped with us would have a different colored streamer for each company, but we should take any we find because other companies would be taking ours. ISBN-10: 0091796660 This is Love According to GOD's Will - This is Love: "Hmph. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Gives a good account of the timeline of the crisis and the surrounding events and characters. Filled with insights that will change the views of experts and help inform a new generation." It's frightening to realize that it's a work of history and not fiction. Dobbs is an impeccable researcher and reporter." Michael Dobbs, author of One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Krushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War, talked about… September 11, 2013 Six Months in 1945 I remember our platoon sergeant casually telling us that the explosives that would be dropped with us would have a different colored streamer for each company, but we should take any we find because other companies would be taking ours. These ebooks can only be redeemed by recipients in the US. Learn more. Even for those who are not history nerds like myself, Reviewed in the United States on January 23, 2018, Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2018. Never did I know how very close we came to nuclear war and how fully deployed our nuclear arsenal was. The basis for the award winning movie, Dr. Strangelove. . --"The Philadelphia Inquirer""Gripping.... A significant contribution to our understanding of that perilous autumn." He took his place at the center of the long table beneath the presidential seal, his back to the Rose Garden. Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis, One Hell of a Gamble: Khrushchev, Castro, and Kennedy, 1958-1964: The Secret History of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Gambling with Armageddon: Nuclear Roulette from Hiroshima to the Cuban Missile Crisis, The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs, The Week the World Stood Still: Inside the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis (Stanford Nuclear Age Series), Americans Tuesday, October 16, 1962, 11:50 a.m. The NCOs were mum about our objective, but one told me it would be happening within 24-48 hours. Read "One Minute to Midnight" by Michael Dobbs available from Rakuten Kobo. --Jay Freeman Michael Dobbs combines the skills of an experienced investigative journalist, a talented writer and an intelligent historical analyst. One Minute To Midnight Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War. densely packed, fast-paced, suspenseful. A welcome introduction to that perilous time. Here, for the first time, are gripping accounts of Khrushchev's plan to destroy the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo; the handling of Soviet nuclear warheads on Cuba; and the extraordinary story of a U-2 spy plane that got lost over Russia at the peak of the crisis. . A four-year-old girl burst into one of the most heavily guarded rooms in the White House. " 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. Fortunately by the end of that day Kennedy was turning things around. Although nothing presented here will change the overall view of the crisis, 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. Additional gift options are available when buying one eBook at a time. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Michael Dobbs combines the skills of an experienced investigative journalist, a talented writer, and an intelligent historical analyst. Redemption links and eBooks cannot be resold. Brief content visible, double tap to read full content. Not so, says Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs in One Minute to Midnight. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. I still remember the evening of black Saturday when in platoon formation it finally hit me that this was for real. "—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. On Black Saturday, a US plane accidentally entered Soviet airspace without Kennedy's knowledge, while a US reconnaissance plane was shot down over Cuba without Khrushchov's knowledge, either of which incidents could have triggered off nuclear armageddon. "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. But don't have the time or patience for a 400-page book? Bought this as the Cuban Missile Crisis was something I knew little about but always thought was an interesting subject. I was born in '69, so missed this period of history, but knew a little about it. This and "13 Days In October" should be (but never will be) mandatory reading for every high school student of American History. Excellent book - highly, highly recommended. Please try again. The tubes turned out to be sixty-seven feet long. This is a systematic account of the Cuban missile crisis from the American, Soviet and Cuban points of view. 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. Kennedy seemed preternaturally calm to the other men in the room as he listened to the evidence of Kremlin duplicity. Dobbs spends little time describing the characters of the key players, but he does convey a sense of men under immense stress as events threaten to outstrip their ability to cope with them. As much stories to burnish the legend of JFK as historical accounts, these initial versions still help to shape the view of the crisis for many Americans. Please try again. Also by Michael Dobbs See all books by Michael Dobbs Also by Michael Dobbs The Central Intelligence Agency’s chief photo interpreter hovered over the president’s shoulder. The thirty-fifth president of the United States called the meeting to order. If the warheads were present, one would expect to see some kind of secure storage facility at the missile sites, but nothing was visible.“There is. National Security Archive; Appearances on C-SPAN; Booknotes interview with Dobbs on Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America, 28 March 2004. I would suggest this is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the history of the twentieth century, let alone the Cold War. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. "—Booklist"First-rate . . “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. Using a wealth of untapped archival material, he tells both the human and the political story of Black Saturday, taking the reader into the White House, the Kremlin and along the entire Cold War battlefront. . The new book, One Minute to Midnight, draws on the National Security Archive's long-standing documentary work on the Cuban Missile Crisis. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. The 1962 Cuban missile crisis is probably the single most analyzed episode of the cold war. For more information contact: Michael Dobbs' fascinating trawl through the historical archives has produced a worthy examination of the Cuban Missile Crisis in his 2008 publication of 'One Minute To Midnight'. 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. One Minute to Midnight evokes novelists like Alan Furst, John le Carré or Graham Greene. . For more information contact: The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump. The new book, "One Minute to Midnight" by Michael Dobbs is a masterfully written account of the Cuban missile Crisis in October 1962. Please try your request again later. "—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. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Additional gift options are available when buying one eBook at a time. The secret was buried in three black-and-white photographs pasted to briefing boards hidden in a large black case. Michael Dobbs combines the skills of an experienced investigative journalist, a talented writer and an intelligent historical analyst. I was in A Co. of the 327th Infantry ,101st Airborne Division during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Facing him across the table were his brother, his vice president, and his national security adviser. A significant contribution to our understanding of that perilous autumn. --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." Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 15, 2012. Filled with insights that will change the views of experts and help inform a new generation. His research is stunning. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2019. John F. Kennedy would later remark that the site could be mistaken for “a football field.” After examining the photographs earlier that morning, his brother Bobby had been unable to make out anything more than “the clearing of a field for a farm or the basement of a house.” To help the president understand the significance of the photos, Lundahl had labeled them with arrows pointing to the dots and blotches, along with captions reading “ERECTOR LAUNCHER EQUIPMENT,” “MISSILE TRAILERS,” and “TENT AREAS.” He was about to display the briefing boards when there was a commotion outside the door. Just how close we came to a nuclear exchange, on numerous occasions, is truly frightening. An Amazon Book with Buzz: "The Four Winds" by Kristin Hannah. . . Both Kennedy and Khrushchov were held back more generally by the mad logic of nuclear deterrence and international diplomacy which permitted no admission of weakness or public backing down. The events of the Cuban Missile Crisis could not be any better researched in One Minute to Midnight, a non-fiction book by Michael Dobbs. In the US, we started with accounts that were part history, part myth building, part hagiography - all driven by the Kennedy insiders. His research is … Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. . Something went wrong. Full content visible, double tap to read brief content. Unable to add item to List. u000bIn the years since, the complexities of that confrontation have been reduced to a manageable American myth in which young but resolute President Kennedy faces down wily, impulsive Premier Khrushchev. This is a systematic account of the Cuban missile crisis from the American, Soviet and Cuban points of view. Most of us guessed it we would be going after the missile sites. Full content visible, double tap to read brief content. The length?” “The length of it, yes.” CIA experts had spent the last thirty-six hours poring over thousands of reconnaissance photographs of the hills and valleys of western Cuba. Here, for the first time, are gripping accounts of Khrushchev's plan to destroy the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo; the handling of Soviet nuclear warheads on Cuba; and the extraordinary story of a U-2 spy plane that got lost over Russia at the peak of the crisis. In this hour-by-hour chronicle of those tense days, veteran Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs reveals just how close we came to Armageddon. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 15, 2012. One minute to midnight : Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the brink of nuclear war by Dobbs, Michael, 1950-Publication date 2008 Topics Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962, Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 -- Sources ... Be the first one to write a review. Please try your request again later. Excellent book - highly, highly recommended. Does this book contain inappropriate content? This is a fascinating book on the Cuban Missile Crisis. . The author is right that we were going to be the first on the ground if hostilities had begun. Detailed, Well Researched and Very Interesting, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 16, 2019. Do you believe that this item violates a copyright? Dobbs, Michael (2 June 2008). Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Nuclear Weapons & Warfare History (Kindle Store), © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Although more than 50 years have passed since the Cuban Missile Crisis, even now it is hard to read an account of it without feeling a sense of dread for what might have happened, and a sense of relief that it didn't. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Above the fireplace to the right was the celebrated Gilbert Stuart portrait of a powdered and bewigged George Washington. The Comprehensive Telling of the Missiles of October, Reviewed in the United States on June 20, 2018. I was a lowly Spec 4. Give as a gift or purchase for a team or group. On superficial inspection, the grainy images of fields, forests, and winding country roads seemed innocuous, almost bucolic. Michael Dobbs combines the skills of an experienced investigative journalist, a talented writer and an intelligent historical analyst. This book details the crises that President Kennedy dealt with over Cuba in the early years of his presidency, and how they impacted the Cold War. His research is stunning. I bought this book a few years ago and have had reason to go back and read portions of it. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 21, 2018, This account is very well researched ,judging by the numerous references and acknowledgements which take up nearly 20% of the length of the book.But for all that its fast paced and very readable ,and in my view captures the drama and the incredible dilemma that two sane leaders and their respective teams had to steer through madness and the minefield of the cold war politics of the time, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 18, 2016. Dobbs is an impeccable researcher and reporter.” —, "Extraordinary. Michael Dobbs was born and educated in Britain, but is now a U.S. citizen. 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