The Armageddon Letters – a transmedia project (multiplatform storytelling) launched on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis – takes visitors behind the scenes during the October 1962 Cuban missile crisis, the most dangerous crisis in recorded history.

Painstakingly researched and historically significant, The Armageddon Letters represents the first major academic project that adopts a transmedia model.

For more information on this project, visit www.armageddonletters.com

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