My Turkish Missle Crisis

A Memoir from the Front Line of 1962

Not all the drama played out in Washington, Moscow, and Havana.

This is an absorbing and frightening account of one man’s experience on the frontline of the Cuban Missile Crisis. During the autumn of 1962, as the world waited for apocalypse, Joseph Maiolo found himself manning Jupiter missile launch facilities near the border between Turkey and the Soviet Union.

5" x 8"
64 pages
ISBN: 978-1-887317-90-0
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Rarely do we get such personal, detailed testimony from those who might actually turn the keys that would end civilization as we know it. What sometimes feels like an impossible, long-gone nightmare from fifty years ago is made terrifyingly real by Maiolo’s precise narrative.”

— Tim O’Brien, Winner of the National Book Award for Going After Cacciato

More from Joseph Maiolo on the Cuban Missile Crisis:

Joseph Maiolo interview with the BBC
Joseph Maiolo discusses his experiences in Turkey during the Cuban Missile Crisis in an interview with BBC Radio. Listen to it here.

Maiolo interviewed in Forbes.
Joseph Maiolo discusses his memoir, My Turkish Missile Crisis, with Forbes magazine. Read it here.

Maiolo’s “On the Verge of World War III”
Joseph Maiolo looks back on the Cuban Missile Crisis 50 years after his experience at the NATO missile bases in Turkey. Read it here.