The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House During the Cuban Missile Crisis

The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House During the Cuban Missile Crisis

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by Ernest May
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393322599

ISBN-13: 9780393322590

Pub. Date: 03/28/2002

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

The closest most of us will ever come to being inside the Oval Office at a moment of crisis.
For sheer drama, this work of history may never be duplicated. The events of the Cuban Missile Crisis unfold in the actual words of President John F. Kennedy and his top advisers. Now available in a new, concise edition, this book retains its gripping sense of history in

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The closest most of us will ever come to being inside the Oval Office at a moment of crisis.
For sheer drama, this work of history may never be duplicated. The events of the Cuban Missile Crisis unfold in the actual words of President John F. Kennedy and his top advisers. Now available in a new, concise edition, this book retains its gripping sense of history in the making.
"[A] splendid achievement, as powerful and exciting a book as one is likely to read this year...."—Barry Gewen, New York Times Book Review "Gripping history."—Richard J. Tofel, Wall Street Journal "[M]esmerizing. I was utterly fascinated....the best, fullest account of crisis yet and will remain so for decades to come."—Stephen E. Ambrose "[A]s close as most people will ever get to being a fly on the wall during the discussions of leaders."—Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review, James G. Blight

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393322590
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Edition description:
Concise Edition
Pages:
514
Sales rank:
723,635
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Concise Editionxi
A Note on Sourcesxv
Introductionxvii
Tuesday, September 4, 19623
12:35 P.M. - Meeting on Soviet Arms Shipments to Cuba3
4:00 P.M. - Drafting Meeting on the Press Statement9
5:00 P.M. - Meeting with Congressional Leadership12
5:55 P.M. - Meeting on the Congressional Resolution16
Saturday, September 29, 196220
11:00 A.M. - Meeting on the Soviet Union20
Tuesday, October 16, 196230
11:50 A.M. - Meeting on the Cuban Missile Crisis32
6:30 P.M. - Meeting on the Cuban Missile Crisis53
Thursday, October 18, 196273
11:10 A.M. - Meeting on the Cuban Missile Crisis73
Near Midnight. Kennedy Summarizes a Late-Night Meeting106
Friday, October 19, 1962109
9:45 A.M. - Meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff109
Saturday, October 20, 1962124
2:30 P.M. - National Security Council Meeting125
Monday, October 22, 1962138
10:40 A.M. - Conversation with Dwight Eisenhower142
11:00 A.M. - Meeting on Diplomatic Plans146
11:47 A.M. - Meeting of Berlin Group149
3:00 P.M. - National Security Council Meeting152
5:30 P.M. - Meeting with the Congressional Leadership163
Tuesday, October 23, 1962194
10:00 A.M. - Executive Committee Meeting of the National Security Council194
12:25 P.M. - Conversation with Lucius Clay202
3:52 P.M. - Conversation with Roswell Gilpatric204
6:00 P.M. - Executive Committee Meeting of the National Security Council206
7:10 P.M. - Discussion between President Kennedy and Robert Kennedy218
Wednesday, October 24, 1962224
10:00 A.M. - Executive Committee Meeting of the National Security Council224
5:05 P.M. - Meetings with Staff and Congressional Leadership234
Thursday, October 25, 1962245
10:00 A.M. - Executive Committee Meeting of the National Security Council245
5:25 P.M. - Executive Committee Meeting of the National Security Council260
Friday, October 26, 1962269
10:10 A.M. - Executive Committee Meeting of the National Security Council269
12:00 P.M. - Meeting with Intelligence Officials288
4:30 P.M. - Conversation with Dean Rusk292
7:31 P.M. - Conversation with Lincoln White295
Saturday, October 27, 1962301
10:05 A.M. - Executive Committee Meeting of the National Security Council301
4:00 P.M. - Executive Committee Meeting of the National Security Council324
9:00 P.M. - Executive Committee Meeting of the National Security Council391
Sunday, October 28, 1962402
11:05 A.M. - Executive Committee Meeting of the National Security Council404
12:08 P.M. - Conversations with Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman, and Herbert Hoover405
Conclusion411
Notes451
Index491

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
  A very well Written account about the event that brought us the closest we have ever been to annihilation, some of the material on specific facts maybe be open to argument but as whole many of the facts were directly from the tapes President Kennedy keep in to white house.  For someone who loves history and politics it is a very interesting read as it presents a rare insight into a President and his staff’s minds as they make the decisions that end up influencing the rest of the world. In a very organised writing style, similar to that of a play’s where every person has lines, May and Zelikow do an excellent job at making sure everything has context.  A flaw many Non-fiction books suffer including The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis from is keeping the reader engaged throughout the entire book as the end result often known, especially in the case of a world altering event, so at times the wording and setting are dry and boring. The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis is a very academically challenging book is not for the faint of heart but If you are someone who thoroughly enjoys reading about the Cold War and the politics behind it, I strongly recommend this book!  Tyler C Block 4
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Guest More than 1 year ago
For several years I have been reading selections fom May and Zelikow , The Kennedy Tapes ,in my US history classess. Recently, a friend recommended a new narrative account of the Excomm meetings,Sheldon Stern's Averting the Final Failure: John F. Kennedy and the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis Meetings. His narrative format is fascinating and much easier for my students to follow . But,I also found that Stern has identified and corrected a large number of major errors in the May-Zelkow version . The May Zelikow book is simply not the definitive resource it promised to be .