In the Eye of the Storm: Castro, Khrushchev, Kennedy and the Missile Crisis

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In 1962, the tiny island nation of Cuba became the flash point in the confrontation between the two world superpowers. For the first time, Cuba's view of the most serious crisis of the Cold War is told by one of the leading participants. Rushed to New York during the crisis to take up the post of Cuba's ambassador at the United Nations, Carlos Lechuga provides a coherent history of what really occurred when the world was on the edge of a nuclear catastrophe, with documents and arguments of the three countries ...
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In 1962, the tiny island nation of Cuba became the flash point in the confrontation between the two world superpowers. For the first time, Cuba's view of the most serious crisis of the Cold War is told by one of the leading participants. Rushed to New York during the crisis to take up the post of Cuba's ambassador at the United Nations, Carlos Lechuga provides a coherent history of what really occurred when the world was on the edge of a nuclear catastrophe, with documents and arguments of the three countries involved.
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Lechuga details the potentially disastrous Cuban missile crisis of October 1962 from the rare Cuban perspective. As then ambassador to the UN, he brings frightening perspectives to the provocations between the Soviets and U.S. as they escalated beyond Cuban influence. U.S. missiles siloed in Turkey prompted Soviet premier Khrushchev to even the playing field by establishing a continental nuclear threat in the Western Hemisphere. For his part, Castro accepted Soviet missiles to reduce the risk of another American invasion after the Bay of Pigs fiasco a year before. But with the missiles en route, Kennedy ``quarantined'' (i.e., embargoed) Cuba, making it a pawn in a battle between superpowers. Cuba, Lechuga asserts, ``didn't know what was going on'' and wasn't consulted on key issues. On October 27, Khrushchev made a deal offering to dismantle Cuban missiles if the U.S. would do the same in Turkey, and though the missiles and bombers were removed, Cuba was left with a 30-year legacy of U.S. political and economic belligerency. Besides a coolly analytical narrative of this terrifying moment, Lechuga has assembled intriguing documents, many never before published. He reveals his involvement with Kennedy officials in improving American-Cuban relations prior to the President's November 1963 assassination, which he strongly suggests was orchestrated by the CIA. (Sept.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781875284870
  • Publisher: Ocean Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Pages: 217
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2005

    Another Point of View

    I found it interesting to hear the account from a Cuban source. I liked the amount of primary resources the author used. This was a pretty good read, seeing that I didn't pick the book (It's for a history paper).

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