A “Harsh and Terrible … Solution”: Fidel Castro’s Armageddon Letter to Nikita Khrushchev

11 January 2018 — National Security Archive

Washington, D.C., January 11, 2018 – A new book by long-time colleagues of the National Security Archive, James G. Blight and janet M. Lang, offers a fresh exploration of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis and plumbs its lessons on the continuing dangers of nuclear war. 

Homing in on the Cuban perspective, Dark Beyond Darkness aims to fill a persistent gap in the history – the general dismissal of Cuba’s stake – that not only skewed our understanding of the event for years but helped make the crisis so perilous in the first place.

Blight and Lang have studied the missile crisis for more than three decades and were behind a series of multinational conferences that included the likes of Fidel Castro and Robert McNamara, and that fundamentally rewrote the history of the crisis.

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