Some people who grow up in the 50s like to talk about how they lived through the specter of atomic war, going through “duck and cover” exercises in school. To which I reply, having grown up in the 70s and 80s, well, at least you had the comfort of believing you’d survive. My generation pretty much knew we’d be toast. Many people don’t know how close we came to destroying the world. This documentary, 1983: THE BRINK OF APOCALYPSE, describes a series of unconnected events that put the USSR’s leadership on edge in 1983. When NATO planned exercises that depicted an all-out war with the USSR, the Soviet Union prepared for a very real counterattack. Only the efforts of several double agents apparently avoided catastrophe. Part 1 is below; the other parts are on the YouTube site.
August 16, 2012