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Press Release
April 25, 2008

National Archives Presents Programs on the Cuban Missile Crisis, June 25-26

Washington, DC…The National Archives will present an author lecture and film screening on the Cuban missile crisis June 25-26. These events are free and open to the public and will be held in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, which is located on the National Mall at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW, use the Special Events entrance. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station.

Book: One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War
Wednesday, June 25, at noon, Jefferson Room
In October 1962, at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union appeared to be sliding inexorably toward a nuclear conflict over the placement of missiles in Cuba. Veteran Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs pored over previously untapped American, Soviet, and Cuban sources to produce One Minute to Midnight, a new book on the Cuban missile crisis. In his hour-by-hour chronicle of those tense days, Dobbs reveals some startling incidents that illustrate how close we came to Armageddon. A book signing will take place following the program.

Film: Thirteen Days
Thursday, June 26, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater
Based on the book The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House During the Cuban Missile Crisis, by Ernest May and Philip Zelikow, the film Thirteen Days dramatizes the events of October 1962. It stars Bruce Greenwood as President John F. Kennedy, Steven Culp as Attorney General Robert Kennedy, and Kevin Costner as Special Assistant Kenneth O’Donnell. Directed by Roger Donaldson. (2000, 145 minutes)

To verify the date and times of the programs, the public should call the Public Programs Line at: (202) 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

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For Press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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