David Coleman “The Fourteenth Day”

October 18th, 2012

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Fifty years ago this week the world stood on the brink of nuclear war — perhaps the closest we ever came to World War III — as the U.S. and Soviet Union stared each other down over Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba.

History has dubbed it the “Cuban missile crisis.” And history has duly recorded that it ended on October 28th, 1962, when Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev agreed to remove the missiles from Cuba.

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But it didn’t end there, says historian David Coleman.

Indeed, as he lays out in his new book “The Fourteenth Day,” the aftermath of the missile crisis hung over the White House for several more months.
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Robert Service “Spies and Commissars”

May 17th, 2012

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Nearly a hundred years after the Bolshevik revolution that deposed Russia’s tsars and put Lenin in control of the nascent Soviet Union, new details are still coming out about how it all came about.

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British historian Robert Service has now dug deep into declassified documents to uncover secrets of the Russian revolution.

His book “Spies and Commissars” opens a new window on the varied personalities behind the revolt — and the westerners who tried everything they could think of to kill the Bolshevik movement in its infancy.

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