Britain on the Brink
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At the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Britain was America's first line of defence, a vulnerable but unsinkable 'aircraft carrier' on which it based Strategic Air Command's first-strike nuclear capability. Jim Wilson gives an in-depth account of what this meant for Britain during the Cold War and at the moment when war was an imminent threat. In particular, the study explores the implications of the Soviet missiles trained on the UK and the response – and gamble – of Macmillan's government.