Cuba on the Brink: Castro, the Missile Crisis, and the Soviet Collapse / Edition 2

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With the disintegration of the Soviet Union and international socialism, Cuba now finds itself isolated as the United States continues to press for its economic and political collapse. How Fidel Castro sees Cuba's plight and what he hopes to do about it emerge from this account of a unique conference held in Havana in 1992. The meeting brought together participants in the Cuban missile crisis from the former Soviet Union, Cuba, and the U.S. to discuss its causes and course. This account is now available for the first time in paperback, on the 40th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. This first meeting between Castro, his ex-Soviet allies, and his American foes produced startling revelations about his dealings with the Soviets, chilling details of the number and kind of Soviet nuclear arms that Cuba possessed in 1962, and an illuminating account of Castro's view of the American threat—then and now. The dramatic exchanges between Castro and such conference participants as Anatoly I. Gribkov, former head of the Warsaw Pact; former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara; and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Special Assistant to John Kennedy, reveal misperceptions on all sides that led us to the brink of nuclear war. An extraordinary examination of an international crisis, Cuba on the Brink illustrates the ongoing "Cuba problem," and will help guide our actions toward other countries deemed hostile to our national interest.

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Editorial Reviews

McGeorge Bundy
A fresh and powerful contribution to the deeper understanding of the 1962 missile crisis, of Fidel Castro, and of the sustained political hostility between the United States and Fidelista Cuba. No one who cares about even one of these large matters will want to miss this book.
Robert A. Pastor
A tour de force. Blight, Welch, and Allyn elicited from Fidel Castro an extraordinarily revealing statement of his thoughts and actions during the Cuban missile crisis.
Lawrence S. Eagleburger
So vivid I almost felt as if I were there: in 1992, when Robert McNamara, Fidel Castro, and their colleagues met in Havana to discuss the missile crisis; and in 1962, when they, along with the Soviets, led the world up to, and back from, the brink of nuclear war. Fascinating and chilling—a grim but hopeful reminder for statesmen and citizens alike.
Sergei N. Khrushchev
This book shows the human dimension of the Cuban missile crisis as never before, especially in its vivid portrayal of the relationship between Fidel Castro and my father, Nikita Khrushchev. Cuba on the Brink captures the drama and danger of leaders, countries, and ideologies on a collision course with nuclear catastrophe. A marvelous book!
William D. Rogers
A stunning insight into how the world looked from Havana when, for a moment of supreme crisis, Cuba was the hinge of the world. This is history by those who made it. Nothing so authentic on the subject has ever been done before; nothing like it will ever be possible again.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In January 1992, the fifth in a series of conferences on the Cuban missile crisis convened in Havana, sponsored by the Center for Foreign Policy Development at Brown University. Attending were scholars and missile-crisis veterans, including Fidel Castro, former U.S. defense secretary Robert McNamara and the Soviet general who supervised the 1962 deployment of the missiles in Cuba. Their freewheeling and candid discussions, spread over a four-day period, shed important new light on Soviet intentions and American intelligence weaknesses, and brought into focus the Cuban dimension of the drama and Castro's crucial role in it. Considering the prospects for an American-Cuban rapprochement, the authors suggest that ``normalization'' between the two countries is unlikely in the foreseeable future. Blight is Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Foreign Policy Development at Brown University; Allyn is Project Director for the Program on Ethnic Conflicts and an adjunct at Harvard Law School; Welch teaches political science at the University of Toronto. (Nov.)
Library Journal
This is not just one more book on Cuba, for as specialist Jorge Dominguez argues in the excellent introduction, this work records the interactions of crucial actors in the 1962 Cuban missle crisis, bringing forth significant new information on the decision-making process of Cuba, the Soviet Union, and the United States. In January 1992, the antagonists--including Robert McNamara, Khrushchev's aides, and Fidel Castro--were reunited face to face in Havana to tell their version of events. Chapters 1 and 2 explain the background and the ground rules of this extraordinary conference, while Chapter 3 is the heart of the book, providing a word-by-word recording of the participants' exchanges followed by an analysis of what their encounter revealed. This book will interest Cubanologists, foreign policy analysts, and foreign affairs readers. Highly recommended.-- Roderic A. Camp, Latin American Ctr., Tulane Univ., New Orleans
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742522695
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 1,064,581
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

James G. Blight is professor of international relations (research) at the Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Institute for International Studies, Brown University. Bruce J. Allyn is senior analyst and chief of the Moscow Office of Monitor, Inc. David A. Welch is CIGI Chair of Global Security, Balsillie School of International Affairs, and professor of political science at the University of Waterloo.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Cuba on the Brink, 1962: The October Crisis Chapter 2 Uses of the Brink: Cuban, American, and Russian Motives at the Havana Conference Chapter 3 Cuba on the Brink, Then and Now: The Havana Conference on the Cuban Missile Crisis Chapter 4 Cuba and the Brink: Fidel Castro vs. History Chapter 5 The Legacy of the Brink: Unfinished Business of the Havana Conference

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