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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (693 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Dobbs Narrator: Bob Walter Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Veteran Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs has pored over previously untapped American, Soviet, and Cuban sources to produce the most authoritative book yet on the Cuban missile crisis. In his hour-by-hour chronicle of those near-fatal days, Dobbs reveals some startling new incidents that illustrate how close we came to Armageddon.Here, for the first time, are gripping accounts of Khrushchev’s plan to destroy the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo; the accidental overflight of the Soviet Union by an American spy plane; the movement of Soviet nuclear warheads around Cuba during the tensest days of the crisis; the activities of CIA agents inside Cuba; and the crash landing of an American F-106 jet with a live nuclear weapon on board.Dobbs takes us inside the White House and the Kremlin as Kennedy and Khrushchev—rational, intelligent men separated by an ocean of ideological suspicion—agonize over the possibility of war. He shows how these two leaders recognized the terrifying realities of the nuclear age while Castro—never swayed by conventional political considerations—demonstrated the messianic ambition of a man selected by history for a unique mission. As the story unfolds, Dobbs brings us onto the decks of American ships patrolling Cuba; inside sweltering Soviet submarines and missile units as they ready their warheads; and onto the streets of Miami, where anti-Castro exiles plot the dictator’s overthrow.Based on exhaustive new research and told in breathtaking prose, here is a riveting account of history’s most dangerous hours, full of lessons for our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “First-rate…Even those who think they know everything about this event will learn new stories and gain further insight into the thinking of the major participants.”

    Library Journal

  • “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.”


  • “A vivid account of just how close to the brink the world truly came…A welcome introduction to that perilous time.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Dobbs is a master…Densely packed, fast-paced, suspenseful.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Dobbs] succeeds brilliantly, marshaling diverse sources to relate an intensely human story of Americans, Russians, and Cubans caught up in what the late historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. termed ‘the most dangerous moment in human history’…[Filled] with memorable characters in extraordinary circumstances and exotic settings…One Minute to Midnight evokes novelists like Alan Furst, John le Carré, or Graham Greene.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Riveting and highly informative, One Minute to Midnight portrays the intense human drama of mankind on the brink of an unthinkable war.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Extraordinary…As gripping as any fiction. Dobbs is an impeccable researcher and reporter.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “A book with sobering new information about the world’s only superpower nuclear confrontation—as well as contemporary relevance…Filled with insights that will change the views of experts and help inform a new generation.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for History

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Matthew | 2/15/2014

    " A thorough reconstruction of the Cuban Missile Crisis, using a lot of previously unused sources to give a more complete picture of the whole Crisis. We came thiiiiiiis close to nuclear war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shukti | 2/10/2014

    " I'm working through this thing right now. It's really insightful and shows how scary the Cuban Missile Crisis was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by James | 2/7/2014

    " An amazing work, bringing forth facts heretofore missed or suppressed. Frightening, eye opening, informative. A real page-turner, even though we know how it ends. Dobbs rather sartorically points out that of all the players in the drama, Castro outlasted them all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Claire | 2/3/2014

    " finally, i made it through this one. every time i tried to give up, something else interesting came along. this book would be waaay better with a ruthless editing job, but otherwise, good. "

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