Voices from the brink [electronic resource] : the Cuban missile crisis / produced by Stephen Phizicky, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
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- Academic Video Online.
- New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2003.
1 online resource (24 min.).
- Castro, Fidel, 1926-2016.
Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeyevich.
Ball, George W.
Taylor, Maxwell D. (Maxwell Davenport), 1901-1987.
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968.
McNamara, Robert Strange.
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency -- Langley (Va.).
Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962.
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
- Documentary films.
- This edition in English.
- As the threat of weapons of mass destruction looms, this video, made in the late '90s, becomes disturbingly relevant. The closest the world came to a nuclear war in the twentieth century was the Cuban Missile Crisis which played itself out over 13 days in October, 1962. Remarkably, the behind-the-scenes debates were unobtrusively recorded on tape; these were not de-classified until the late 90s. In this film, we hear on tape President John F. Kennedy and the people around him preparing to confront the Soviet Union in Cuba, in the episode considered the climax of the Cold War. The tapes demonstrate how Kennedy stood up to relentless pressure to go to war. His own generals, congressmen and friends warned him that appeasement could lead to disaster; he must not appear cowardly. The issue of pre-emptive strike was considered. In the film, Robert McNamara, the former U.S. Defense Secretary and Gen. Maxwell Taylor, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, urge an attack on Cuba with the goal of destroying the Russian missiles. Opposing them are Attorney General Robert Kennedy and Assistant Secretary of State George Ball, who felt that a surprise air strike would be a terrible political error. Sergei Khrushchev, the son of the Soviet premier, recalls his father's shock at learning his military had, without authorization, shot down an American U-2. For all the calmness displayed on these tapes by the President and his key advisors, we now know that some of their calculations were shockingly mistaken. They had no idea of the dangers the country was really facing. The world was much closer to nuclear war than anyone knew.
- Title from resource description page (viewed Apr. 14, 2014).
- Phizicky, Stephen. , Producer
McKenna, Terence. , Narrator
Alexander Street Press.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. , Producer
Filmakers Library online. , Publisher
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