The Eve of Destruction, Then and Now

The Cuban missile crisis sparked a plucky attitude. Is it happening again?

Was it only 40 years ago that the world hovered on the brink of nuclear war? As the Cuban missile crisis came to a head during the last week of October 1962, TIME reported that housewives were stockpiling groceries in anticipation of Armageddon...

Scary? You bet! But at the same time, many U.S. citizens thought a confrontation with Cuba and its Soviet allies was long overdue. Some even relished it.

It didn't take long for people to find silver linings in the threat of imminent global holocaust.

With midterm elections only two weeks away, politicians tried to spin the crisis. The...

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