Averting 'The Final Failure': John F. Kennedy and the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis Meetings

Averting 'The Final Failure': John F. Kennedy and the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis Meetings

by Sheldon Stern
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804748462

ISBN-13: 9780804748469

Pub. Date: 07/11/2003

Publisher: Stanford University Press

The Cuban missile crisis was the most dangerous confrontation of the Cold War and the most perilous moment in human history. Sheldon M. Stern, longtime historian at the John F. Kennedy Library, here presents a comprehensive narrative account of the secret ExComm meetings, making the inside story of the missile crisis completely understandable to general readers for

Overview

The Cuban missile crisis was the most dangerous confrontation of the Cold War and the most perilous moment in human history. Sheldon M. Stern, longtime historian at the John F. Kennedy Library, here presents a comprehensive narrative account of the secret ExComm meetings, making the inside story of the missile crisis completely understandable to general readers for the first time. The author's narrative version of these discussions is entirely new; it provides readers with a running commentary on the issues and options discussed and enables them, as never before, to follow specific themes and the role of individual participants. The narrative highlights key moments of stress, doubt, decision, and resolution—and even humor—and makes the meetings comprehensible both to readers who lived through the crisis and to those too young to remember the Cold War. Stern demonstrates that JFK, a seasoned Cold Warrior who bore some of the responsibility for precipitating the crisis, consistently steered policy makers away from an apocalyptic nuclear conflict, which he called, with stark eloquence, "the final failure."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804748469
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
07/11/2003
Series:
Stanford Nuclear Age Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
660,019
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

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