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Nuclear Folly: A History of the Cuban Missile Crisis Kindle Edition
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― Max Hastings, Sunday Times (UK)
"A magisterial work based on a bevy of U.S. and Soviet archival sources, including previously classified KGB documents. The perspective Plokhy provides exposes the perverse incentives that fueled dangerous nuclear power plays during the Cold War and, he suggests, beyond."
― Andre Pagliarini, New Republic
"What makes this the definitive history is Mr Plokhy’s telling of the tale in gripping detail from the Soviet perspective.... It is the picture Mr Plokhy paints of the complete failure of the key decision-makers to get inside the minds of their counterparts that is most telling.... With his masterly book, Mr Plokhy has sounded a warning bell."
― The Economist
"Nearly sixty years after the Cuban missile crisis, Serhii Plokhy, the author of multiple groundbreaking books on Soviet history, once again uses newly released KGB archives to offer a new perspective: In gripping, granular detail, he shows us just how close the United States and the Soviet Union came to Armageddon. At a moment when nuclear technology is still spreading, Nuclear Folly reminds us of the danger we all still face."
― Anne Applebaum, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism
"If you think the story of the Cuban missile crisis has been told so often that nothing remains to be learned, think again! Drawing on KGB documents preserved in Ukrainian archives and Soviet military memoirs, as well as American documents and Cuban materials, Serhii Plokhy’s almost hour-by-hour account freshly illuminates mistakes by the Kremlin and the White House that triggered the crisis and snafus at sea and in Cuba that almost sparked a nuclear war, while drawing ominous lessons for our own once again hair-trigger nuclear age."
― William Taubman, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of Gorbachev
"An excellent overview of the Cuban missile crisis from one of America’s leading Cold War historians. Serhii Plokhy has mined previously untapped Soviet archives to shed new light on the thirteen days that brought the world closer than ever before to nuclear destruction, and the pivotal roles of John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev. A thrilling read that justifies his sobering conclusion: we may not be so lucky next time."
― Michael Dobbs, author of One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War
"Riveting.... [An] excellent re-creation of events.... A timely reminder of a danger we must still live with today."
"A fresh examination of the historical milestone.... Plokhy keeps the pages turning, and he includes far more Soviet material than earlier scholars.... Far from the first account but superbly researched and uncomfortably timely."
― Kirkus, starred review
"Paint[s] a clearer picture of the behind-the-scenes machinations, the motivations, the politics, and the errors in judgment that almost brought about a nuclear holocaust. Plokhy pulls it all together with sober yet accessible prose that reads like a suspenseful thriller. For anyone interested in the Cold War, this is an indispensable read."
― Booklist, starred review
"This important, absorbing work shows that the full story of the Cuban Missile Crisis must be told from its global perspective."
― Library Journal, starred review --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B08D4T5G62
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company (April 13, 2021)
- Publication date : April 13, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 17790 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 464 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0241454735
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,033 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Nuclear Folly is Serhii Plokhy’s reexamination of the Cuban Missile Crisis on the grounds that many nations are leaving previously established nuclear weapons protocols and making noises about acquiring or using nuclear weapons as though such threats are just another tool of foreign policy. We need to remember just how volatile the Cuban Missile Crisis was and just how close so many of us came to not even being on the planet. Fear was a big motivator in how the crisis got amped up to such a dangerous place as neither side really had an accurate read on the other sides intentions or perspective.
What’s special about Nuclear Folly as opposed to other accounts is that Plokhy is able to bring in the American side, the Soviet Side, and the Cuban side. This gives the reader a fuller picture as opposed to just looking at the American perspective. Much of the Soviet/Cuban stuff is brand new to me. The reader learns of the concerns within the Soviet decision-making apparatus about putting missiles in Cuba or Castro’s feelings of being double-crossed by his Soviet “allies” in the aftermath.
I think that Nuclear Folly gives the reader a far more nuanced and complete picture of what happened. It’s also a fairly easy read as it reads more like a thriller than an academic history, which is great because people really need to understand why we cannot be so cavalier about the use of nuclear weapons. Hopefully Nuclear Folly can serve as that reminder.