Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis: Days of Decision

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How did John F. Kennedy protect his country from a nuclear threat and avoid the outbreak of a new world war? What choices did he have, what support and advice did he receive, and how did his decisions affect history and his legacy? This book looks at a momentous event from the Cold War, showing how one of the world's most charismatic leaders chose to follow a brave course of action.

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Overview

How did John F. Kennedy protect his country from a nuclear threat and avoid the outbreak of a new world war? What choices did he have, what support and advice did he receive, and how did his decisions affect history and his legacy? This book looks at a momentous event from the Cold War, showing how one of the world's most charismatic leaders chose to follow a brave course of action.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jeanna Potts
Although John F. Kennedy serves less than three years as the president of the United States, he has to make some important decisions. Does he make the right decisions? Is he a hero? The book includes information about his life before and as president. As a young man, he assists his father, an ambassador, and in 1940 as a university student, he publishes a book “Why England Slept.” His political career begins in 1946 with his election to the House of Representatives. Although the title of the book is “The Cuban Missile Crisis,” it presents information about many aspects of his personal and political life. It discusses the Bay of Pigs invasion, Civil Rights, Russia, Khrushchev, the Cold War, and nuclear weapons issues. It presents the view of Kennedy’s military leaders and his political advisors, including his brother Robert. It reveals backdoor communications and secret negotiations, which have been revealed since the Freedom of Information Act. Kennedy is portrayed as disagreeing with the military who want to invade Cuba. He chooses peaceful options. The author often asks the question, “What do you think?” and encourages the reader to think about the possible consequences of the different choice Kennedy has to make although it is obvious that the author thinks Kennedy makes the right decisions. He also asks the reader to think about who profited from the decisions while listing advantages to each party involved. The Cuban Missile Crisis is a small part of the book because it discusses issues before and after the Cuban Crisis including the Limited Test Ban Treaty. There is additional information in side boxes on each page which gives information about other important people and events, but they often have nothing to do with the Cuban Missile Crisis and are annoying, and distract from the reading the main text. A timeline of Kennedy’s presidential years is included along with a table of contents, an index, and a glossary. Supplemental materials include a section with additional source information about books, websites, fiction, and DVDs, which can be used for more research on the Kennedy era. The book’s simple way of explaining issues can be used in the classroom as a guide to the Kennedy’s accomplishments and their timelines. It can also help explain the concerns of communism, nuclear weapons and the Cold War. Reviewer: Jeanna Potts; Ages 9 to 12.
School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 7 Up—This series objectively examines some of the most important decisions of the last 100 years. The books open with a synopsis of the decision and then provide background that explains how the historical situation and each subject's personality, experiences, political circumstances, country's cultural background, and range of possible choices factored into his final choice. They close with analysis about the intended and unintended results of the decision and its positive and negative historical consequences. Brief biographies, photos, quotations, informational sidebars, and "What Do You Think?" critical-thinking prompts supplement the texts. While these topics have received wide extant coverage, this set's focus provides a fresh perspective that will help readers better understand the complexity that is always part of the political and international decision-making process. First purchases.
School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 7 Up—This series objectively examines some of the most important decisions of the last 100 years. The books open with a synopsis of the decision and then provide background that explains how the historical situation and each subject's personality, experiences, political circumstances, country's cultural background, and range of possible choices factored into his final choice. They close with analysis about the intended and unintended results of the decision and its positive and negative historical consequences. Brief biographies, photos, quotations, informational sidebars, and "What Do You Think?" critical-thinking prompts supplement the texts. While these topics have received wide extant coverage, this set's focus provides a fresh perspective that will help readers better understand the complexity that is always part of the political and international decision-making process. First purchases.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432976378
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Series: Days of Decision Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,217,640
  • Age range: 12 - 16 Years
  • Lexile: 1130L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Cath Senker has over twenty years' experience in children's educational publishing and has written around 100 books for children for a range of publishers. Her books include highly regarded titles on Anne Frank, the Black Death and the Vietnam War, books on religions and the conflict between North and South Korea, and forthcoming titles on Self-Harm and Relationships. She lives the green lifestyle and has undertaken voluntary work for a range of organizations.
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