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  • Matt Ashe
    Oct 1, 2012
      Thank you for sharing this Lou.

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Lou Novacheck [mailto:luigibasco@...]
      Sent: Monday, October 01, 2012 8:13 PM
      To: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [coldwarcomms] Fwd: The Armageddon Letters

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      From: National Security Archive <archive@...>
      Date: Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 12:29 PM
      Subject: The Armageddon Letters
      To: NSARCHIVE@...

      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

      Media Inquiries:
      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 Renewed.

      Download an excerpt from the book from our posting.

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