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Everybody Week Saturday

Like the assassination of JFK, everybody alive then can remember where they were that Doomsday Week of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. That Saturday, 27 October, was, and remains, the closest the world has come to nuclear holocaust - the blackest day of a horrendous week.

- Alistair Horne

Next Been Brought

Though Washington had closed down for the holidays, the next day, December 26, a key message from Hanoi brought Kissinger racing back to his office. It was the signal the White House had anxiously been awaiting; it was also the day of one of the biggest raids by the giant B-52s.

- Alistair Horne

Role Moscow KGB

Over the past years, I have lectured many times on the Cuban missile crisis, most provocatively to 200 senior officers of the former Soviet army in Moscow in 1991, among them KGB generals. There, my knowledge of Penkovsky's role was thoroughly confirmed, and so was the Soviet military men's residual sense of humiliation at Khrushchev's 'blink'.

- Alistair Horne

Navy Harbor Lieutenant

Shortly after Pearl Harbor, FDR committed a most visionary act: He appointed a Harvard historian to write the official account of the U.S. Navy in World War II. Samuel Eliot Morison was given the rank of lieutenant commander, with the right to interview anyone of whatever status.

- Alistair Horne

Very Middle Surely

Kissinger was surely one of the very few statesmen to try to do something positive to break the log jam of the Cold War; to try to end the war in Vietnam; to bring a halt to the cycle of war in the Middle East.

- Alistair Horne

Subject Been Brits

In Tbilisi in 1990, I recall watching zealous Georgians smash statues of Lenin and Stalin. A few days earlier, though, in Moscow I had been invited to address the Red Army, as one of the first Brits to benefit from Glasnost. The subject they chose: The Cuban Missile Crisis.

- Alistair Horne

Show British Serve

In 1939, Fitzroy Maclean, a gangly Highland aristocrat in his early 30s, was serving as a British diplomat in the U.S.S.R. Disgusted by the Soviet show trials, he quit the Foreign Service and would go on to serve with Tito's partisans fighting the Germans in Yugoslavia.

- Alistair Horne

Muslim Door Poorly

The eight-year-long Algerian war was to bring down six French prime ministers, open the door to de Gaulle - and come close to destroying him, too. The war was the last of the grand-style colonial struggles, but, perhaps more to the point, it was also the first campaign in which poorly equipped Muslim mujahedin licked one of the top Western armies.

- Alistair Horne

Though Numerous Algeria

Following 9/11, intelligence indicated numerous links between al-Qa'eda and Algeria. It began to look as though the roots of jihad could be traced back to the war in Algeria that began 50 years ago.

- Alistair Horne

Though Certainly Longest

Though not the longest battle in history - that was Verdun - Stalingrad was certainly the most pitiless, an adjective that reappears regularly in Mr. Beevor's classic work.

- Alistair Horne

London Middle Class

Mrs. Miniver was an ordinary middle-class English housewife, a character created by Jan Struther when she was commissioned by the 'Times of London' to write a weekly 'cheer-up' article in 1937.

- Alistair Horne

Some November Nixon

A triumph in which Kissinger could claim to have played some little part, in the presidential elections that November, President Richard Nixon had won the second greatest landslide in American history. Forty-seven million Americans had voted for him - and for his and Kissinger's policies - representing more than 60 percent of all the votes cast.

- Alistair Horne

Last Fall Surviving

In the fall of 1973, Erica Jong assaulted the last surviving bastions of old-fashioned modesty with her 'Fear of Flying.'

- Alistair Horne

Very Boss Kissinger

Christmas 1972 was a lonely time for Kissinger, as well as for his boss, and a period of serious reflection. Kissinger was then a bachelor, enamored of the tall, elegant, but elusive WASP Nancy Maginnes, but still very much a bachelor - Washington's most sought-after bachelor.

- Alistair Horne

Dedicated Seemed Brits

After 1945, shamefully, we Brits seemed dedicated to punishing the heroic Poles at every turn for their wartime loyalty.

- Alistair Horne

Century London Regarded

In the 17th century, Barbados was regarded in London as 'the brightest jewel in the English crown'.

- Alistair Horne

Been Capital Thriving

Though Barbados has been independent since 1966, its capital, Bridgetown, still has elements of a thriving British colonial port.

- Alistair Horne

Good Husband Oxford

Aung San Suu Kyi's late husband, Michael Aris, was a good friend of mine at St Antony's, Oxford. The gentlest of gentle academics, he helped establish a centre in Tibetan studies at Oxford and converted to Buddhism.

- Alistair Horne

Out Kissinger States

On 6 October 1973, the Yom Kippur war broke out between a coalition of Arab states and Israel. At 6 A.M. that morning, Kissinger, asleep in the Waldorf, was taken by surprise by the Arab attack - as were the CIA and the rest of the world.

- Alistair Horne

Young Salvation Islamic

In the late 1980s, a new revolt broke out, this time led by the fundamentalist FIS (Islamic Salvation Front). Many of its leaders were the kind of young Algerians who joined the struggle against the French occupiers in the 1950s.

- Alistair Horne

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Before Repeatedly Reagan

A Reagan appointee, Justice Kennedy is no liberal, as he has shown on issues from affirmative action to corporate campaign spending. But he has repeatedly sided with gay litigants before the court.

- Adam Cohen

Opinions Reagan Definite

As a seven-year-old, I had definite opinions on Ronald Reagan.

- Adam Scott

Reagan Bush George W. Bush

If we have George W. Bush as president, we're going to go back to the kind of policies we had when his father and Ronald Reagan were president.

- Al Franken

American Felt Reagan

Reagan didn't put anything off the table, if he felt it was for the good of the American people to tweak the tax system.

- Alan K. Simpson

Which Crisis Reagan

Then came the hostage crisis during which Carter did nothing to rattle the ayatollahs who hung tough until Ronald Reagan was inaugurated, when they suddenly backed down.

- Alexander Haig

Broken Reagan Displayed

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989, Reagan and Thatcher displayed Churchillian magnanimity towards Gorbachev's broken nation. Relations were never better. There was no triumphalism.

- Alistair Horne

Been Broken Shattered

I've been dumped hard. My heart has been broken and shattered, and I've also been on the other end of that too.

- Allison Williams

Them About Broken

Market design is about understanding the details of markets in sufficient detail so that we can help fix them when they are broken.

- Alvin E. Roth

Break Broken Changes

It changes you a little bit every time you either break someone's heart or get your heart broken.

- Amanda Seyfried

Broken Bone Bruise

It doesn't take a bruise or a broken bone for a child to be a victim of domestic violence. Kids who witness domestic violence are victims, too.

- Amy Klobuchar

Going Again Broken

We've all fallen, but at the same time we're not broken. There is the hint that we are going to get up again.

- Amy Lee

Over Career Broken

The moment when I broke my leg, when I realized my leg was broken, I thought my career was over.

- Anderson Silva

Devoted Broken Ahead

I willingly devoted myself to my children and to my husband. I come from a broken home, and I decided a long time ago that I would put my family ahead of everything.

- Andie MacDowell

Think I Think Displayed

I think we just live in a time of the selfie. So there's a sense that everyone's uniqueness and importance on this planet should be displayed and reveled in, and that there's kind of a piece of glory for everyone.

- Chris Pine

Over Took Displayed

When the movie was done, Number Five was crated up. Eric took him over to Germany; displayed him over there because Germans really liked this movie. It was very popular with them.

- John Badham

Known Loved Displayed

God wills to be displayed and known and loved and cherished and worshiped.

- John Piper

Love Alzheimer Displayed

Alzheimer's disease is never an 'accident' in a marriage. It falls under the purview of God's sovereignty. In the case of someone with Alzheimer's, this means God's unconditional and sacrificial love has an opportunity to be even more gloriously displayed in a life together.

- Joni Eareckson Tada

Art Beauty Displayed

We were astonished by the beauty and refinement of the art displayed by the objects surpassing all we could have imagined - the impression was overwhelming.

- Howard Carter

Will Viewer Displayed

Please, don't use a cornice as a doorstop. At least put it somewhere where people will have to look up at it. Architectural details really ought to be displayed in the same relation to the viewer as they were originally intended.

- Hugh Hardy

Hours Allow Reagan

I talked to Reagan for about six hours all told. and Reagan was willing to go along with it. He didn't look at his watch, and he didn't allow his campaign aides to cut it off.

- Robert Scheer

College Year Reagan

I was a freshman in college in 1980, the year that Reagan was elected, and I went around badgering people to vote for him.

- Woody Harrelson