The closest the world has come to nuclear war was the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. The Soviets had installed nuclear missiles in Cuba, just 90 miles off the coast of the United States. U.S. armed forces were at their highest state of readiness. Soviet field commanders in Cuba were authorized to use tactical nuclear weapons if invaded by the U.S. The fate of millions literally hinged upon the ability of two men, President John F. Kennedy and Premier Nikita Khrushchev, to reach a compromise.
This site provides an in-depth account and analysis of the Crisis. To start, head either to the Crisis Center and read a short summary of the events or go to the Briefing Room for a RealAudio narration and ten minute account of the Crisis. If you want to know everything about the Crisis, however, go to the Crisis Center where the tension begins. The site is also filled with tons of other goodies including the Recon Room, dossiers on the Major Players, and a Situation Room. Before leaving the site be sure to stop by the Debriefing Room to post your thoughts and questions on the message board and take a quiz to test youre knowledge on the events of October 1962.
|Site News -- 4/11/99|
|Where can I go in this site?|
|Everything you've ever wanted to know about the Crisis but were afraid to ask. This is the main path through the site. Go here to find an in-depth account and analysis of the Crisis.|
|A 10 minute RealAudio narration and a condensed version of the main path. If you go to just one room in the site, this should be it.|
|Actual letters from Kennedy and Khrushchev plus sound clips from an EX-COMM meeting, Kennedy's October 22 speech, and a copy of a cable from Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin to Khrushchev.|
|From Robert Kennedy and McGeorge Bundy to Anatoly Dobrynin and Fidel Castro -- research the big Players! You'll find biographical information on all the important decision makers.|
|Calling all recon buffs! This area is loaded with great pictures, specs, details on Crisis era planes, missiles, and launch sites. Check out the REAL recon photos that Kennedy and his advisors saw!|
|Click here to access our message board and leave your thoughts on the Crisis. Also test your knowledge of the event with an interactive quiz and compare results with other users.|
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