The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory: Myths versus Reality

The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory: Myths versus Reality

by Sheldon Stern
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804783772

ISBN-13: 9780804783774

Pub. Date: 09/05/2012

Publisher: Stanford University Press

This book exposes the misconceptions, half-truths, and outright lies that have shaped the still dominant but largely mythical version of what happened in the White House during those harrowing two weeks of secret Cuban missile crisis deliberations. A half-century after the event it is surely time to demonstrate, once and for all, that RFK's Thirteen Days and

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This book exposes the misconceptions, half-truths, and outright lies that have shaped the still dominant but largely mythical version of what happened in the White House during those harrowing two weeks of secret Cuban missile crisis deliberations. A half-century after the event it is surely time to demonstrate, once and for all, that RFK's Thirteen Days and the personal memoirs of other ExComm members cannot be taken seriously as historically accurate accounts of the ExComm meetings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804783774
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
09/05/2012
Series:
Stanford Nuclear Age Series
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
513,968
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

1 History: From Reel to Real 1

2 The Template: Robert F. Kennedy's Thirteen Days 32

3 The Real Robert Kennedy 40

4 The Mythmaking of Robert McNamara 54

5 The Forgotten Voice of Dean Rusk 68

6 The Erratic Expertise of Llewellyn Thompson 99

7 The Selective Memory of McGeorge Bundy 109

8 The Determined Diplomacy of Adlai Stevenson 129

9 The Trollope Ploy Myth 134

10 Lyndon Johnson and the Missile Crisis: An Unanticipated Consequence? 148

Conclusion: Leadership Matters 155

Epilogue: What If? 159

Notes 175

Bibliography 184

Index 189

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