October 27, 1962, was known as Black Saturday in the Kennedy White House. With the Cuban missile crisis at its height, this was a day of nail-biting developments, when the hands of the metaphorical Doomsday Clock reached one minute to midnight and the world grew closer than ever before (or since) to nuclear apocalypse. On Black Saturday, the opposing Cold War leaders, John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev, mobilized their forces to fight a nuclear war on land, sea and air. The watching world held its breath in terror. In Bobby Kennedy's words, 'There was a feeling that the noose was tightening on all of us, on Americans, on mankind, and that the bridges to escape were crumbling.'Michael Dobbs tells both the human and the political story of Black Saturday, taking the reader not just into the White House and the Kremlin but along the entire Cold War battlefront with the men who were preparing to fight. We see inside U-2s and nuclear submarines; the armies gathering in Florida and Cuba; American warships and Cuban anti-aircraft batteries; the CIA, the NSA and the KGB; Cold War radio stations and listening posts; the feverish conspiracies of Cuban exiles; Castro's headquarters; Khrushchev's dacha; the underground bunker being prepared for Kennedy; the streets of Washington, Moscow and Havana.Using a wealth of untapped archival material, Michael Dobbs brings a fresh perspective to this crucial moment in twentieth-century history, which witnessed one of the greatest mobilizations of men and equipment since the Second World War. His thrilling narrative features a cast of characters - including Soviet veterans never before interviewed by a western writer - that ranges from the ordinary to the larger than life, all with unique stories to tell.
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"A densely packed, suspenseful, fast-paced narrative" -- Publishers Weekly, starred review (April 21, 2008)
"Mesmerising stuff ... a riveting hour-by-hour account of one day that could have changed the history of humanity" -- Joanna Bourke, The Times (June 7 2008)
"An important work of scholarship...Dobbs [is] an experienced investigative journalist, a talented writer and an intelligent historical analyst"
-- Martin Sherman, co-author of American Prometheus
'A book with sobering new information . . . as well as contemporary relevance . . . filled with insights that will change the views of experts' -- Richard Holbrooke, former US ambassador to the UN, The New York Times Book Review
'Compelling - and thrilling - new study by Michael Dobbs... there is much new material that forces us to revise our assumptions about the crisis' -- Christopher Silvester, Daily Express (11 July 2008)
'Dobbs writes it up like a thriller'
-- Billy Heller, New York Post
'Filled with memorable characters in extraordinary circumstances and exotic settings . . . evokes novelists like Alan Furst, John le Carré or Graham Greene' -- Washington Post Book World
`A relentless and determined researcher... [Dobbs] seeks to humanise the story and bring it down to the level of the individual pilot or soldier' -- Irish Times (5 July 2008)
`A worthy study of this much mythologised fortnight... [with] a natural sense of pace' -- Time Out
`[Dobbs] has made extensive use of untapped archive material to reveal the secrets of the cloak-and-dagger operations behind the nuclear stand-off in the Caribbean... Excellent'
-- John Crossland, Daily Mail (11 July 2008)
'Compelling and thrilling new study...much new material forces us to revise our assumptions...perfectly judges the acceleration of pace' Christopher Silvester, Daily Express (July 11, 2008)
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Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0091796660
Book Description Hutchinson, 05.06.2008., 2008. Book Condition: Neu. 448 Seiten neu, noch in Schutzfolie, Versand spätestens am nächsten Werktag 237534 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 810 23,8 x 15,2 x 4,2 cm, Gebundene Ausgabe. Bookseller Inventory # 144438