• Abyss

  • The Cuban Missile Crisis 1962
  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: John Hopkins
  • Length: 19 hrs and 12 mins
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From the #1 bestselling historian Max Hastings.

The 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis was the most perilous event in history, when mankind faced a looming nuclear collision between the United States and Soviet Union. During those weeks, the world gazed into the abyss of potential annihilation. 

Max Hastings’s graphic new history tells the story from the viewpoints of national leaders, Russian officers, Cuban peasants, American pilots and British disarmers. Max Hastings deploys his accustomed blend of eye-witness interviews, archive documents and diaries, White House tape recordings, top-down analysis, first to paint word-portraits of the Cold War experiences of Fidel Castro’s Cuba, Nikita Khrushchev’s Russia and Kennedy’s America; then to describe the nail-biting Thirteen Days in which Armageddon beckoned.

Hastings began researching this book believing that he was exploring a past event from twentieth century history. He is as shocked as are millions of us around the world, to discover that the rape 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. Only by fearing the worst, he argues, can our leaders hope to secure the survival of the planet.

©2022 Max Hastings (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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  • TonyG
  • 10-25-22

Detailed analysis well narrated

As someone who was told at school that we could all be incinerated during the events of 1962 this book is compelling listening for anyone who fears the same outcome 60 years later. The crowning of Emperor Xi in 2022 serves to remind us all how a tiny group of individuals could destroy the whole planet.

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  • AlexD
  • 11-21-22

An excellent account of the world on a knife edge

Well presented and balanced history of the Cuban missile crisis with reference to parallels with the world today. An essential read to understand how misunderstanding can lead to disaster

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  • Andy W
  • 11-20-22

Insightful

An insightful and well researched look at a complex crisis. Mr Hastings never fails to produce an other than excellent in depth review of historical events.

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  • Jooles15
  • 11-03-22

Outstanding work

An outstandingly presented insight into, and analysis of, the crisis. Read / listen to this book, it’s more than a little special.

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  • Kindle Customer 007
  • 11-02-22

Eye popping.

Well presented and truly terrifying. Learn from History, confront Putin now! China will have to wait.