The Cuban Missile Crisis: The Cold War Goes Hot

The Cuban Missile Crisis: The Cold War Goes Hot

by Jim Whiting
     
 

The United States and the Soviet Union were two of the nations that defeated Nazi Germany in World War II. Yet their systems of government were completely different. These differences soon developed into the Cold War. Both sides became bitter enemies. But there was no actual fighting. That situation nearly changed in 1961. The Soviets secretly installed missiles with… See more details below

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The United States and the Soviet Union were two of the nations that defeated Nazi Germany in World War II. Yet their systems of government were completely different. These differences soon developed into the Cold War. Both sides became bitter enemies. But there was no actual fighting. That situation nearly changed in 1961. The Soviets secretly installed missiles with nuclear warheads in Cuba. These missiles could reach many cities in the United States. When President John F. Kennedy learned about these weapons, he confronted Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev. The world teetered on the brink of a nuclear war. This is the story of that chilling event.

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Gr 5-7-These titles make first-rate alternatives to the numerous same-topic volumes available for this audience. Supported by frequent, relevant photographs and maps, as well as generous lists of recent and classic multimedia resources, both books combine absorbing narratives with sharp cause-and-effect analyses. Seeing the Cuban missile crisis as a gambit rooted in Khrushchev's belief that Kennedy "wasn't very tough," Whiting describes the tense diplomatic back-and-forthing in detail (during which Kennedy does come off as indecisive), then closes with a poker-faced note about the fact that Castro has outlasted every other world leader of his day. In Pearl Harbor, the author not only covers the attack in detail, but he also highlights a series of turning points-from Matthew Perry's electrifying 19th-century visit to Tokyo to "five of the most decisive moments in the history of warfare" during the battle of Midway, which also turned the tide of the war in the Pacific. Single-page sidelights illuminate such historical byways as the brief, seldom mentioned "takeover" of a tiny Hawaiian island by a downed Japanese pilot, further broadening the appeal of these well-founded assignment titles.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584154044
Publisher:
Mitchell Lane Pub Inc
Publication date:
10/15/2005
Series:
Monumental Milestones Series
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,154,286
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
9 - 14 Years

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