The Cuban Missile Crisis
Clip | 5m 21s
See how a power play by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev backfired, sparking a dangerous confrontation with the U.S. — the Cuban Missile Crisis. Over fifty years later, we still don’t know everything about what happened; many Soviet records are still secret. But this much is clear: October 1962 was the closest the world has ever come to thermonuclear war.