Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis

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by Robert F. Kennedy
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393318346

ISBN-13: 9780393318340

Pub. Date: 11/01/1999

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

"A minor classic in its laconic, spare, compelling evocation by a participant of the shifting moods and maneuvers of the most dangerous moment in human history."—Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.During the thirteen days in October 1962 when the United States confronted the Soviet Union over its installation of missiles in Cuba, few people shared the behind-the-scenes

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"A minor classic in its laconic, spare, compelling evocation by a participant of the shifting moods and maneuvers of the most dangerous moment in human history."—Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.During the thirteen days in October 1962 when the United States confronted the Soviet Union over its installation of missiles in Cuba, few people shared the behind-the-scenes story as it is told here by the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy. In this unique account, he describes each of the participants during the sometimes hour-to-hour negotiations, with particular attention to the actions and views of his brother, President John F. Kennedy. In a new foreword, the distinguished historian and Kennedy adviser Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., discusses the book's enduring importance and the significance of new information about the crisis that has come to light, especially from the Soviet Union.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393318340
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/1999
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
71,989
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword7
"Tuesday morning, October 16, 1962"19
"The President knew he would have to act."26
"A majority opinion for a blockade"34
"It was now up to one single man."37
"The important meeting of the OAS"45
"I met with Dobrynin"50
"The danger was anything but over."56
"There were almost daily communications with Khrushchev."61
"Expect very heavy casualties in an invasion."65
"This would mean war."70
"Those hours in the Cabinet Room"76
"The President ordered the Ex Comm"80
"Some of the things we learned"85
"The importance of placing ourselves in the other country's shoes."95
Afterword99
Documents147
A Short Bibliography175
Index177

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Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
13 days was an amazing recap of the Cuban missile crisis that took place in October 1962. The book was sensational and gives readers a chance to experience the event or relive it again. Very educational for young readers and history lovers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book should be required reading for highschool students, and if they haven't read it prior to voting for the first time, it should be required then. An entire political history course could be based on this gripping true story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a good book and it reads very well. It's short so it is easy to read it in one sitting. Robert Kennedy's account is riveting, and it shows just how close we were to a nuclear holocaust. This is a good first-hand account with lots of inside information.
Ethan_Pellegrino More than 1 year ago
My impression of the book, “Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis” by Robert F. Kennedy, was great. The book written by Robert Kennedy gave insight to see what a senator’s role in a federal investigation would be. This might have been otherwise overlooked if written by a president him or herself. I chose the book because I was interested in the cold war and I knew little about the cuban missile crisis. I would highly recommend this title to any highschooler or upper classmen. The reason for this recommendation is because of the importance of the events that took place during this time. Overall, Thirteen Days met my expectations to the highest degree, often going into detail about what seemed to be little decisions yet ended up to have a great impact on the story. This is a great read for anyone who wants to learn more about the cold war.
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This is a well drawn out memoir of the world's greatest crisis by one of the main participants of the crisis. Kennedy's prose is very simple, direct,shockingly confessional and quite on point. A refreshing side of this reflection compared to other political memoirs is that is intricately infused with a sense of humanitarian commitment, not for personal glory or tactical and ideological manifestos. Another facet about the book I found somewhat surprising is that Kennedy didn't really vilify anybody, including his enemies of Castro, Dean Rusk, or Khruschev. It shows just how close we were to the aura of Armageddon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The decision makers today, and those who wish to be, should read this book for an example of restraint and global responsibility.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great read....gripping, exciting, historical. You couldn't make this stuff up!! Especially recommended if you are a Kennedy buff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie and it was really good.If Bobby kennedy still looks young(I don't know if he does or not)e should have pkayed himself in the movie.The guy who playsJFK was also tthe president in Natonal Treasure 2:The book of secrets