The Cuban Missile Crisis, 40 Years Later The world's closest brush with nuclear war came 40 years ago this month, when the Kennedy administration learned the Soviet Union was preparing to put nuclear missiles in Cuba. For 13 days, the world braced for a holocaust. NPR's Tom Gjelten continues his series of reports from Havana on a unique conference to discuss the lessons learned in the crisis.
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The Cuban Missile Crisis, 40 Years Later

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The Cuban Missile Crisis, 40 Years Later

The Cuban Missile Crisis, 40 Years Later

The Cuban Missile Crisis, 40 Years Later

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The world's closest brush with nuclear war came 40 years ago this month, when the Kennedy administration learned the Soviet Union was preparing to put nuclear missiles in Cuba. For 13 days, the world braced for a holocaust. NPR's Tom Gjelten continues his series of reports from Havana on a unique conference to discuss the lessons learned in the crisis.

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