Interview: Michael Dobbs on the Cuban missile crisis

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If there’s any solace to take in the financial crisis currently gripping Wall Street and the nation, it’s that 46 years ago a crisis was taking place that makes the current one seem almost like a trifle.

In October of 1962 the United States and Soviet Union were on the brink of nuclear war. And while a lot has been written about the Cuban missile crisis, there is a lot of new information to be found in the book "One Minute to Midnight," by veteran reporter Michael Dobbs.

Dobbs will discuss his book in Burlington this Wednesday night as part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays Lecture Series.

Dobbs was a Washington Post reporter stationed in Moscow in the years leading up to the collapse of the Soviet Union, and he interviewed many Russian Veterans who were serving in Cuba during the missile crisis. From those interviews, combined with new information revealed in U.S. archives, Dobbs says he discovered a lot the American public didn’t know about the showdown at the time, and even a lot the president himself didn’t know.

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