The Cuban Missile Crisis Taught JFK a Hard Lesson About War in a Nuclear Age that has Been All but Forgotten Today

Almost 60 years ago, on June 10, 1963, John F. Kennedy gave one of the most remarkable speeches ever delivered by an American president. This was eight months after the world came literally within a hair’s breadth of all out nuclear war between the United States and Soviet Union, over the latter’s stationing of nuclear missiles in Cuba. On June 6 of this year, roughly coinciding with the anniversary of the Kennedy’s address, economist Jeffrey Sachs reflected on the circumstances that had brought the Cuban Missile Crisis about and how…


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Al Ronzoni

Al Ronzoni


Al Ronzoni is a writer, historian and political activist based in New York City