The Man Who Saved The World

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The Man Who Saved The World
SBS  |  October 12, 2012
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In October 1962, the world held its breath. On the edge of the Caribbean Sea, just a few miles from the Florida coast, the two great superpowers were at a stand-off. Destruction seemed inevitable. After a tense few months of posturing and careful negotiation, the Cuban Missile Crisis was averted; the US and USSR went their separate ways. But 50 years later, this program reveals the shocking drama that took place underwater on board Soviet submarine B-59, which brought us so much closer to World War III than anybody realised.

In October 1962, the world held its breath. On the edge of the Caribbean Sea, just a few miles from the Florida coast, the two great superpowers were at a stand-off. Destruction seemed inevitable. After a tense few months of posturing and careful negotiation, the Cuban Missile Crisis was averted; the US and USSR went their separate ways. But 50 years later, this program reveals the shocking drama that took place underwater on board Soviet submarine B-59, which brought us so much closer to World War III than anybody realised.

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