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Memoir Describes Harrowing Moment Soviet Submarine Readied Strike Against U.S. During Cuban Missile Crisis — and Who May Have Prevented Nuclear War

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"Because of the difficulty with communications, Moscow had authorized the submarine commanders to fire without further authorization."

If there is an event that starkly encapsulates the political and emotional climate of the Cold War, it's hard to argue that any other does the job like the Cuban Missile Crisis.

For 13 days in October 1962, the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in a dangerous standoff that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. The U.S. discovered the Soviets were stockpiling nuclear missiles on Cuba, just 90 miles south of Florida, thereby providing a launch site that put much of America's eastern seaboard at risk.

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