25849Fwd: The Armageddon Letters
- Oct 1, 2012---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: National Security Archive <archive@...>
Date: Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Subject: The Armageddon Letters
The Armageddon Letters
Telling the Story of the Cuban Missile Crisis From the Perspective of
Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro
Innovative Transmedia Project Takes Visitors Behind the Scenes As Never
Karen Lynch -- karen@..., 401/354-9465
Washington, DC, October 1, 2012 -- The Armageddon Letters - a transmedia
project (multiplatform storytelling) launched on the occasion of the 50th
anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis - takes visitors behind the scenes
during the October 1962 Cuban missile crisis, the most dangerous crisis in
recorded history. The project is based at the Balsillie School of
International Affairs and is led by the scholars and filmmakers --
long-time partners of the National Security Archive -- that were involved
in the Academy Award-winning documentary, THE FOG OF WAR, and the Golden
Palm Award-winning, VIRTUAL JFK.
The Armageddon Letters refers to the unprecedented exchange of letters and
other communications between Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro, before, during
and after the crisis.
Watch the latest short films from the project, Be Khrushchev (
http://youtu.be/N8hLWDdvBm8) and Be Castro (http://youtu.be/NHVpuhApSC0):
The Armageddon Letters project provides the empirical core of an argument
often made by former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara: The indefinite
combination of nuclear weapons and human fallibility will result in the
destruction of nations, possibly all nations. This leads to the following
takeaways for us now, in the 21st century:
* Nuclear Armageddon is possible. As a matter of historical record - not
merely hypothetical scenarios or other projections - it is now known that a
catastrophic nuclear war nearly happened in October 1962.
* Nuclear Armageddon is possible even if no one wants it. In a crisis of
this urgency, a series of conscious decisions that would seem unthinkable
under normal conditions becomes likely as the pressure to attack first
becomes almost too much for leaders to bear.
* Armageddon must be made impossible. The combination of nuclear weapons
and human fallibility will eventually result in nuclear destruction if
these weapons are not abolished.
Painstakingly researched and historically significant, The Armageddon
Letters is the first major academic project that adopts a transmedia model.
The project's research unfolds on multiple platforms: a book, graphic
novels, short films , podcasts (by James Blight and janet Lang), and blogs
(by Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro). The Armageddon Letters is counting
down to the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis @armageddontweet
Subscribe to, follow, or "like" the project and keep up to date:
Order The Armageddon Letters book directly through Rowman & Littlefield at
https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442216792 for a 35% discount. Use promotion
code 4M12BEEN at checkout for 35% off - this promotion is valid until
December 31, 2012. (This offer excludes eBooks and cannot be combined with
any other promo or discount offers.)
What people are saying about the book:
"The portraits of President Kennedy, my father, Soviet Chairman Nikita
Khrushchev, and Cuban leader Fidel Castro are intimate, totally believable
and instructive. Based on decades of careful research, this is a work of
sober history that reads like a horror novel with an almost miraculously
lucky outcome. I could not put it down."
-- Sergei N. Khrushchev , Senior Fellow Watson Institute for International
Studies, Brown University, author of many works on the life and career of
his father, the former Soviet chairman Nikita S. Khrushchev, including
Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Superpower.
"For over a quarter century Jim Blight and janet Lang have earned the
gratitude of scholars and the interested public by highlighting and
preserving the human dimension of the Cuban missile crisis, the most
dangerous moment of the twentieth century. With The Armageddon Letters ,
they are now brilliantly connecting the IPad generation to Kennedy,
Khrushchev and Castro and to the lessons of that near nuclear catastrophe."
-- Timothy Naftali , coauthor of "One Hell of a Gamble": Khrushchev, Castro
& Kennedy, 1958-1964.
"Manga meets the Missile Crisis in this compelling book. Through a creative
mixture of illustrations, imagined conversations, historical analysis, and
the actual letters written by Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro, Jim Blight
and janet Lang enable readers to intellectually understand and emotionally
feel what happened in the dark days of October 1962."
-- Scott D. Sagan , The Caroline S. G. Munro professor of political
science, senior fellow at the Center for International Security and
Cooperation and the Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University, and
co-author (with Kenneth Waltz) of The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: A Debate
Download an excerpt from the book from our posting.
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