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Missiles in Cuba: Kennedy, Khrushchev, Castro and the 1962 Crisis
     

Missiles in Cuba: Kennedy, Khrushchev, Castro and the 1962 Crisis

by Mark J. White
 

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For many years historians of the Cuban missile crisis have concentrated on those thirteen days in October 1962 when the world teetered on the brink of nuclear war. Mark White’s study adds an equally intense scrutiny of the causes and consequences of the crisis. Missiles in Cuba is based on up-to-date scholarship as well as Mr. White’s own findings in

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For many years historians of the Cuban missile crisis have concentrated on those thirteen days in October 1962 when the world teetered on the brink of nuclear war. Mark White’s study adds an equally intense scrutiny of the causes and consequences of the crisis. Missiles in Cuba is based on up-to-date scholarship as well as Mr. White’s own findings in National Security Archive materials, Kennedy Library tapes of ExComm meetings, and correspondence between Soviet officials in Washington and Havana—all newly released. His more rounded picture gives us a much clearer understanding of the policy strategies pursued by the United States and the Soviet Union (and, to a lesser extent, Cuba) that brought on the crisis. His almost hour-by-hour account of the confrontation itself also destroys some venerable myths, such as the unique initiatives attributed to Robert Kennedy. And his assessment of the consequences of the crisis points to salutary effects on Soviet-American relation and on U.S. nuclear defense strategy, but questionable influences on Soviet defense spending and on Washington’s perception of its talents for "crisis management," later tested in Vietnam.

Editorial Reviews

The Statesman - A.G. Noorani
A brief, insightful account.
Indianapolis Star - David Richards
Valuable...A major work.
The Statesman - A. G. Noorani
A brief, insightful account.
The Statesman
A brief, insightful account.
— A.G. Noorani
Indianapolis Star
Valuable...A major work.
— David Richards
Midwest Book Review
Plenty of titles have analyzed the 13 days in 1962 when nuclear war threatened: this goes beyond most in adding new research to consider the underlying causes and consequences of the crisis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566631563
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
02/01/1998
Series:
American Ways Series
Pages:
182
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.54(d)

Meet the Author

Mark J. White teaches American history at Eastern Illinois University. He has edited The Kennedys and Cuba: The Declassified Documentary History and other studies in American diplomatic history.

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