What also struck those of us who endured the 13 days in October 1962 when 'the world teetered on the edge of the nuclear abyss' was that we were likely to be eliminated without consultation - neither Britain's 'independent' nuclear weapons, let alone Nato, were the least bit relevant. Our survival was entirely in the hands of Kennedy and Khrushchev. Next time it could be a Saddam Hussein or some other world dictator who determines our fate. As Mr McNamara concludes, 'the world must move back to a non-nuclear age' - or else.
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