Gambling with Armageddon : nuclear roulette from Hiroshima to the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1945-1962 / Martin J. Sherwin.

Author
Sherwin, Martin J. [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Εdition
First edition.
Published/​Created
  • New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.
  • ©2020
Description
xvi, 604 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm

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Summary note
  • "From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer comes the first effort to set the Cuban Missile Crisis, with its potential for nuclear holocaust, in a wider historical narrative of the Cold War--how such a crisis arose, and why at the very last possible moment it didn't happen. In this groundbreaking look at the Cuban Missile Crisis, Martin Sherwin not only gives us a riveting sometimes hour-by-hour explanation of the crisis itself, but also explores the origins, scope, and consequences of the evolving place of nuclear weapons in the post WWII world. Mining new sources and materials, and going far beyond the scope of earlier works on this critical face-off between the United States and the Soviet Union--triggered when Khruschev began installing missiles in Cuba at Castro's behest--Sherwin shows how this volatile event was an integral part of the wider Cold War and was a consequence of nuclear arms. Gambling with Armageddon looks in particular at the original debate in the Truman Administration about using the Atomic Bomb; the way in which President Eisenhower relied on the threat of massive retaliation to project U.S. power in the early Cold War era; and how President Kennedy, though unprepared to deal with the Bay of Pigs debacle, came of age during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Here too is a clarifying picture of what was going on in Khruschev's Soviet Union. Martin Sherwin has spent his career in the study of nuclear weapons and how they have shaped our world--Gambling with Armageddon is an outstanding capstone to his work thus far"-- Provided by publisher.
  • Sherwin sets the Cuban Missile Crisis, with its potential for nuclear holocaust, in a wider historical narrative of the Cold War: how such a crisis arose, and why at the very last possible moment it didn't happen. He gives us a riveting explanation of the crisis itself, while also exploring the origins, scope, and consequences of the evolving place of nuclear weapons in the post WWII world. Sherwin looks in particular at the original debate in the Truman Administration about using the Atomic Bomb; the way in which President Eisenhower relied on the threat of massive retaliation to project U.S. power in the early Cold War era; and how President Kennedy, though unprepared to deal with the Bay of Pigs debacle, came of age during the Cuban Missile Crisis. -- adapted from publisher info
Notes
"This is a Borzoi Book" -- title page verso.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages [471]-569) and index.
Contents
  • Prologue
  • The making of the nuclear age, 1945-1962. Truman and Stalin ; Eisenhower, Khruschev, Castro, and the "weapon of mass destruction" ; Kennedy, Khruschev, Castro, and the Bay of Pigs
  • The thirteen days, October 16-28, 1962. Khruschev's missiles ; October 16 (Tuesday), Day One ; October 7 (Wednesday)-October 22 (Monday) ; October 22 (Monday)-October 26 (Friday) ; October 27 (Saturday)-October 28 (Sunday)
  • Lies and legacies.
ISBN
  • 9780307266880 (hardcover)
  • 0307266885 (hardcover)
LCCN
2019057322
OCLC
1132240776
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