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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Interview with Aleksei Adzhubei, 1986

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Aleksei Adzhubei was the former editor of Izvestia, the official Soviet government newspaper, and the son-in-law of Nikita Khrushchev. In the interview he discusses Khrushchev’s relationships with U.S. and other foreign leaders. He details the “heated arguments” between Nixon and Khrushchev, including the famous “kitchen debate” in 1959, noting that the two leaders quarreled “like children.” He provides a colorful depiction of Khrushchev’s meeting with Castro in Harlem, New York, in 1960. Adzhubei discusses the Cuban Missile Crisis at length, including his feelings toward Cuba and Khrushchev’s relationship with Kennedy at the time. He recalls his sympathetic feelings towards Kennedy as a young but capable leader. Related topics include the resolution of the crisis and it’s negative effect on Khrushchev’s standing in the Soviet Union. He also describes the Soviet Union’s ongoing attempts for military parity with the U.S. and the changed views on nuclear weapons.

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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age

Interview with Aleksei Adzhubei, 1986

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The first atomic explosion in the New Mexico desert on July 16, 1945, changed the world forever. This series chronicles these changes and the history of a new era. It traces the development of nuclear weapons, the evolution of nuclear strategy, and the politics of a world with the power to destroy itself.

In thirteen one-hour programs that combine historic footage and recent interviews with key American, Soviet, and European participants, the nuclear age unfolds: the origin and evolution of nuclear weapons; the people of the past who have shaped the events of the present; the ideas and issues that political leaders, scientists, and the public at large must confront, and the prospects for the future. Nuclear Age highlights the profound changes in contemporary thinking imposed by the advent of nuclear weapons. Series release date: 1/1989



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Castro, Fidel, 1926-
Cold War
Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968
Nuclear weapons
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
Dobrynin, Anatoly, 1919-2010
Bundy, McGeorge
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
Soviet Union
International relations
Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeevich, 1894-1971
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969
War and Conflict
Global Affairs
Adzhubei, Aleksei (Interviewee)
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WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Interview with Aleksei Adzhubei, 1986,” 12/11/1986, GBH Archives, accessed June 22, 2024,
MLA: “War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Interview with Aleksei Adzhubei, 1986.” 12/11/1986. GBH Archives. Web. June 22, 2024. <>.
APA: War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Interview with Aleksei Adzhubei, 1986. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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