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Unformatted text preview: Cold War: Cuban Missile Crisis to Detente In A Nutshell In the 1960s, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon both won the presidency in part by positioning themselves as fierce anticommunist Cold Warriors. Once in office, however, both presidents found their ambitions of rolling back worldwide Communism thwarted by the threat of apocalyptic nuclear war . In the nuclear age, direct confrontation with the Soviet Empire simply became too dangerous to contemplatea fact dramatized with terrifying clarity by the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis . By the early 1970s, President Nixonwho had built his entire political career upon the principle of anticommunismled a shift in American policy away from confrontation with the Soviet Union and toward dtente, a policy of mutual acceptance and peaceful coexistence. Why Should I Care? Humankind has never come as close to apocalypse as it did in October 1962, when the United States and the Soviet Union found themselves locked in stalemate over nuclear missiles being...
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