ABYSS: The Cuban Missile Crisis 1962
Monday 3 October
Bridge House Theatre, Warwick School
On the 60th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis, the closest the world has ever come to nuclear war, hear from best-selling author, award-winning journalist, and broadcaster Sir Max Hastings as he describes the nail-biting 13 days in which Armageddon beckoned.
Using eye-witness interviews, archive documents, diaries, White House tape recordings and top-down analysis, Hastings brings this gripping period to life.
The invasion of Ukraine gives this narrative a hitherto unimaginable twenty-first century immediacy.
We may be witnessing the onset of a new Cold War between nuclear-armed superpowers. To contend with today’s threat, which Hastings fears will prove enduring, it is critical to understand how, sixty years ago, the world survived its last glimpse into the abyss of mutual annihilation. Only by fearing the worst, he argues, can our leaders hope to secure the survival of the planet.
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