On the Brink of Nuclear War: The Long Cuban Missile Crisis Explained
with Martin Sherwin in conversation with Bruce Cumings
Martin Sherwin will discuss his new book, Gambling with Armageddon: Nuclear Roulette from Hiroshima to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Martin Sherwin, co-author of Pulitzer Prize winning American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, investigates the United State’s use of nuclear weapons in World War II, and the years since, demonstrating how nuclear weapons are more of a threat than deterrent to world peace. In dramatic detail, Mr. Sherwin shows how leadership and luck prevented world destruction during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Martin Sherwin is a Professor of History at George Mason University and also author of A World Destroyed: Hiroshima and its Legacies. Mr. Sherwin will sign bookplates for those who have purchased his book. Email the Stevenson Center the names you wish inscribed.
Bruce Cumings, Professor of History at the University of Chicago, specializes in Korea and international policy. Bruce Cumings won the John King Fairbank Award for his book, The Origins of the Korean War. Additionally, he is the author of Dominion from Sea to Sea: Pacific Ascendancy and American Power and the editor of the Cambridge History of Korea plus numerous articles. The Center is delighted to welcome him back to Center programs.