Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs describes the moment the world came closer than ever before (or, possibly, since) to nuclear destruction.
He will draw modern-day lessons from those perilous 13 days, including the importance of character in the Oval Office and the myth of crisis management.
How much did John F. Kennedy know in the run-up to the Cuban Missile Crisis? What were his motivations, and what were those of his Soviet counterpart, Nikita Khrushchev?
Dobbs will discuss his research on the untold facets of the October crisis- The Commonwealth Club of California
Michael Dobbs worked as a reporter for The Washington Post, since 1980, when he joined the paper as its Warsaw correspondent. He was the first western journalist to visit the Gdansk shipyard in August 1980. He spent much of his career as a foreign correspondent covering the collapse of communism.In Washington, he has worked for the Post as a State Department reporter and as a foreign investigative reporter.
His Down with Big Brother: The Fall of The Soviet Empire was a runner-up for the 1997 PEN award for nonfiction. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland. His history books include One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear war, Down with Big Brother: Fall of the Soviet Empire, a biography of Madeleine Albright, and Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America.
Journalist Michael Dobbs argues that while the nuclear situation in Iran is not directly analogous to the Cuban Missile Crisis, some important lessons where learned from President John F. Kennedy's response to the situation.
Dobbs says, "what a president doesn't know is [as] important as what he does know."