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Ill Literacy, Episode XXXIV: Nuclear Folly (Guest: Serhii Plokhy)

June 7, 2021

In Episode XXXIV of Ill Literacy, Tim Benson talks with Serhii Plokhy, author of “Nuclear Folly: A History of the Cuban Missile Crisis.”

Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by Serhii Plokhy, Mykhailo S. Hrushevs’kyi Professor of Ukrainian History and director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University, to discuss his new book, Nuclear Folly: A History of the Cuban Missile Crisis. They discuss how the crisis came about, how it played out, and the motivations of Khrushchev, Kennedy, and Castro. They also talk about what we have learned about the episode from newly-accessed KGB archives and the perils of a new arms race.

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Show Notes:

Financial Times: Victor Sebestyen – “Nuclear Folly by Serhii Plokhy — terrifying truth of Cuban missile crisis”

The New Republic: Andre Pagliarini – “The Book That Stopped an Outbreak of Nuclear War”

The Sunday Times: Max Hastings – “Nuclear Folly by Serhii Plokhy review — we were lucky to survive the Cuban missile crisis”

Wall Street Journal: James Rosen – “‘Nuclear Folly’ Review: The Big Red Gamble”

Washington Post: Max Boot – “From former Soviet archives, chilling new details of the Cuban missile crisis”

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars: Book Talk: Nuclear Folly (VIDEO)

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Tim Benson joined The Heartland Institute in September 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department. @HeartlandGR