Thirty-six years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, these declassified documents stand as testament to just how dangerously close the world came to nuclear destruction in 1962, and challenge the official history of the event as a model of crisis management. This collection of formerly secret records - including correspondence between John F. Kennedy, Nikita Krushchev, and Fidel Castro, as well as intelligence reports, minutes, and cables - provides a unique fly-on-the-wall view of the policy decisions and operations that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. The editors have provided a document-by-document account of the most important superpower confrontation of the twentieth century.
We came closer to war than anyone wants to admit. This is the first in a series of document readers to be published by The New Press (450 West 41st Street, 6th Fl., New York, NY 10036) in collaboration with the National Security Archive, founded in 1985 with the mission of advocating openness in government. The book evolved from a six-year project to obtain, organize, and disseminate the declassified records of the Cuban missile crisis, an effort that required systematic Freedom of Information Act requests and a lawsuit against the State Department. Reproductions of 83 documents are presented chronologically, in four introduced sections. Prefatory material includes a summary and a glossary of people and organizations; end matter includes a chronology and a bibliography, but no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)