When the world didn’t end

From the Soviet officer who ignored orders to launch a devastating strike on America, to the deadly return of the smallpox virus, Simon Beard, an expert on existential risk, describes five incidents in the nuclear age when humanity came close to annihilation...

Soviet submarines. (Bettmann via Getty Images)

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