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Abyss: The Cuban Missile Crisis

25 September 2022, 6.00pm

'Abyss' book cover
'Abyss' book cover
'Abyss' book cover
25 September 2022, 6.00pm

Abyss: The Cuban Missile Crisis

Renowned author Max Hastings marks the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis by reflecting on the events of those perilous 13 days and their contemporary relevance.
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October 1962 marked one of the most perilous moments in human history when the world gazed into the abyss of potential nuclear annihilation.

Ahead of the publication of his new book on the subject, Max Hastings will recount the story of the Cuban Missile Crisis from the perspective of national leaders, Russian officers, Cuban peasants, American pilots and British disarmers.

By placing the crisis in its international context, he will explore the Cold War experience of the three leaders at the heart of the controversy whilst recounting the nail-biting thirteen days in which nuclear Armageddon beckoned.

At a time of increasing political uncertainty once again, Hasting’s will argue that a developed understanding the events of October 1962 is critical to contend with today’s threat.

The speaker

Sir Max Hastings is an author, journalist and broadcaster whose work has appeared in every British national newspaper. He is now a columnist for The Times of London and for Bloomberg Inc, and reviews regularly for the Sunday Times.

He has published 29 books, among the most recent of which are Operation Pedestal (2022), Soldiers: Great Stories of War and Peace (2021) and Vietnam: An Epic History of a Tragic War (2018).

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25 September 2022
6.00pm - 7.00pm
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