A. Walter Dorn

Articles by A. Walter Dorn

11 October 2012

50 years ago: The Cuban Missile Crisis and its underappreciated hero

A. Walter DornRobert Pauk

On October 22, 1962, President John F. Kennedy shocked the world by announcing the discovery of Soviet missiles in Cuba and by imposing a blockade on missile-carrying ships moving toward the island. With the superpower navies about to collide, many experts feared an escalation to nuclear war. Though historians have credited American resolve for Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev's decision to stop his ships and withdraw his missiles, resolution of the crisis was actually far more complex.