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Havana 1962: To the Brink of Nuclear War (Hashtag Histories Book 3) by [Gibson, Philip]
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What if there had been social media during the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis?

This is the story of the Cuban Missile Crisis told as if through posts on private social media feeds. The book follows the thoughts and actions of the main participants in the drama based on what those participants actually reported, or could have believably reported in private social media accounts, given who they were, what they knew and where they were at the time.

The year is 1962. The Kennedy brothers are in the White House. Nikita Khrushchev is in the Kremlin and Fidel Castro is in the Presidential Palace in Havana, Cuba. For a time, now widely referred to as “the most dangerous moment in human history”, these men hold the future of modern civilization in their hands as the world teeters on the brink of nuclear apocalypse.

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  • Language: English
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This is a very good novelty book although it doesn't add anything of significance that you couldn't read in other sources on the missile crisis. It does provide some interesting details around the players and their interactions, the reading style would be excellent for a high school class that was tasked with learning more about this historic event.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa58692a0) out of 5 stars 32 reviews
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HASH(0xa6bbace4) out of 5 stars History that changed the world. May 26 2014
By Victor E. Biedrycki - Published on Amazon.com
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It was good to see some of the backdoor "negotiations that I didn't know of. Putting it in "twitter" format made sense to me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6bbaf30) out of 5 stars A Unique Perspective on a Historical Event May 16 2014
By Myrt - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked the use of social media as the narrative structure in retelling this significant time in history. I read the other two books in this series that focused on Berlin and Tokyo in '45 and I found using Twitter as the format for the story to be an intriguing story telling device. Obviously, there requires a certain suspension of disbelief as not all such messages would have realistically been sent on a public forum. However, I found the book was a great way to familiarize myself with a point in time that I really didn't know many details about. I think it would make a great way to introduce someone to this momentous time in world history.

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa590118c) out of 5 stars A Near-catastrophe Told Through Social Media Postings May 8 2014
By Charles A. Ray - Published on Amazon.com
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In 1962, with photographic evidence that the Soviets were assembling missile launching sites in Cuba, just miles off the U.S. coast, the world entered one of the most dangerous times of the 20th century - the threat of a nuclear confrontation between the USA and the USSR.
While some of what played out during this confrontation was covered by the media, it was only years afterwards that the world knew the full extent of the danger. What if, though, social media such as we have today, where people share some of their innermost thoughts with the universe, was present in 1962? Would we have been treated to hourly tweets of what the principal players on all sides were thinking and doing?
In #Havana 62: To the Brink of Nuclear War, author Philip Gibson gives us a day-by-day account of the confrontation through social media postings by Kennedy, Khrushchev, Castro, and others. A chilling account, most notably because it reduces what could have been a nuclear holocaust to 140 character postings in an almost matter of fact manner. Some of the entries strain credibility - one likes to think that some plans would have been kept secret in the interests of military security. But, having seen some of the tweets sent by senior government officials in the past few years, it is just possible that a lot of what Gibson posits would have in fact been posted.
This is not your usual thriller - no chase scenes, no damsels in distress - just a dry account from the minds of the actors. Makes for a compelling read - and is in many ways even scarier. Just when I thought the thriller genre was fixed in its format and methods, Gibson comes along and turns it on its ear. I received a free copy of #Havana 62 in exchange for my review. I began reading with a degree of trepidation - thinking initially that this wouldn't work. I'm happy to say I was wrong, and the few security issues that I still think incredible didn't spoil a fairly good read
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HASH(0xa5901408) out of 5 stars social-media style posts do a good job of breaking down this historic event into a ... June 11 2015
By starylatka - Published on Amazon.com
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The short, social-media style posts do a good job of breaking down this historic event into a format that will be readily be understood by the smartphone generation.
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By Patricia M Ward - Published on Amazon.com
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Gripping! I was a young mother of a 2 year old, pregnant with a new baby, and living up the Mississippi River from New Orleans during the Cuban crisis. terrified to let my little girl out of my sight so that if the Soviet missiles hit the gasoline industries on the river, we would die together. I had no idea until I read this book how close we came to total destruction. Within hours. The author did a superb job of chronicling the notes and conversations. Bravo!