One Minute to Midnight by Michael Dobbs

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 5 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

In October 1962, at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union came to the brink of nuclear conflict over the placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba. In this hour-by-hour chronicle of those tense days, veteran Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs reveals just 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 handling of Soviet nuclear warheads on Cuba; and the extraordinary story of a U-2 spy plane that got lost over Russia at the peak of the crisis.

Written like a thriller, One Minute to Midnight is an exhaustively researched account of what Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. called “the most dangerous moment in human history,” and the definitive book on the Cuban missile crisis.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Michael Dobbs

See more books from this Author
Michael Dobbs is an active member of the House of Lords who has worked at the center of British politics for Margaret Thatcher, John Major, and now David Cameron. He is the author of numerous thrillers and historical novels, including Churchill's Triumph, Never Surrender, and Winston's War.
 
Published June 3, 2008 by Vintage. 448 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for One Minute to Midnight

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Countless historians have noted that the United States and the Soviet Union stood on the brink of nuclear catastrophe, but Washington Post reporter Dobbs (Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America, 2004, etc.) gives a vivid account of just how close to the brink the world truly came.

May 01 2008 | Read Full Review of One Minute to Midnight

The New York Times

See more reviews from this publication

Focusing on the participants’ military activities, Michael Dobbs offers sobering new information about the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

Jun 22 2008 | Read Full Review of One Minute to Midnight

NPR

See more reviews from this publication

In his thrilling postmortem of the Cuban missile crisis, Michael Dobbs reveals the role of tactical diplomacy — and luck — in ensuring a peaceful resolution to the Cold War standoff.

Jul 21 2008 | Read Full Review of One Minute to Midnight

truthdig

The illegals come and will continue to come as long as the law refuses to arrest and punish those [above] who engage in what is little more than human trafficking for cheap and/or slave labor.

Oct 25 2007 | Read Full Review of One Minute to Midnight

truthdig

Dowd, March 28, 2006 at 10:04 am Link to this comment(Unregistered commenter).

Mar 27 2006 | Read Full Review of One Minute to Midnight

Reader Rating for One Minute to Midnight
89%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 134 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×