Martin J. Sherwin with Eric Schlosser
For a period of thirteen days in 1962, the possibility for nuclear holocaust was all too real. The Cuban Missile Crisis, a confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union, was one of the most integral parts of the wider Cold War. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Martin Sherwin, author of Gambling with Armageddon: Nuclear Roulette from Hiroshima to the Cuban Missile Crisis (Knopf) is joined tonight by investigative journalist Eric Schlosser, and will discuss the origins, scope, and consequences of the evolving place of nuclear weapons in the post-World War II world and how things led to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.
“A fresh examination of the Cuban missile crisis and its wider historical context, showing how the U.S. avoided nuclear war . . . Makes it clear how national leaders bumbled through the crisis, avoiding nuclear Armageddon through modest amounts of wisdom mixed with plenty of machismo, delusions, and serendipity . . . A fearfully convincing case that avoiding nuclear war ‘is contingent on the world’s dwindling reservoir of good luck.” —Kirkus Reviews.
Martin Sherwin, professor of history at George Mason University, and is the author of A World Destroyed: Hiroshima and Its Legacies, and coauthor of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, which won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2006. Eric Schlosser is an investigative journalist and author. He is the author of Fast Food Nation, and other books, and co-producer of the documentary Food, Inc.
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