Books by Aleksandr Fursenko

Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Sobering—even scary—and necessary reading for historians of the modern era."
A Strangelovian paradox: The only way to preserve peace is to court war. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1997

One of the best pieces of research to have emerged as a result of the opening of the Russian archives, a subtle, nuanced, and vivid history of the Cuban missile crisis—the East-West showdown that brought the world close to nuclear war. The story from the US side is fairly well known, but historians Fursenko (Russian Academy of Sciences) and Naftali (Yale) have made good use of KGB records and Khrushchev's own files to convey the sense of inferiority, uncertainty, belligerence, and, ultimately, prudence that characterized the Soviet leader's approach. Read full book review >