Brugioni, an analyst for many years at the Central Intelligence Agency, uses his specialty in aerial photography, and his governmental contacts, to provide an insider's account of the Cuban missile crisis. His work, based on extensive interviews with participants, many of whom were lesser actors, revises and adds new insights into the motivations which led to President Kennedy's most important decision to put the United States on full military alert. Although focusing on the broader decision itself, Brugioni interweaves the importance of photo reconnaissance and military strategy in foreign policy decision-making, providing an interesting history of this little-known arm of the intelligence community, and a fresh appraisal of actions leading to the decision. Highly recommended for general readers as well as specialists. History Book Club alternate.-- Roderic A. Camp, Latin Ameri can Ctr., Tulane Univ., New Orleans, La.
A behind-the-scenes account of the famous US-Soviet confrontation by a longtime senior intelligence official who supervised the preparation of all aerial reconnaissance photographs and briefing notes for the CIA during the crisis. With 16 pages of photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)