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The unique, gripping account of the perilous showdown between the United States and the Soviet Union. 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 a clear and simple record, he describes the personalities involved in the crisis, with particular attention to the actions and attitudes of his brother, President John F. ...
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The unique, gripping account of the perilous showdown between the United States and the Soviet Union. 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 a clear and simple record, he describes the personalities involved in the crisis, with particular attention to the actions and attitudes of his brother, President John F. Kennedy. He describes the daily, even hourly, exchanges between Russian representatives and American. In firsthand immediacy we see the frightening responsibility of two great nations holding the fate of the world in their hands.
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New York Times Book Review
As a principle figure in resolving the crisis Robert Kennedy brings to it extraordinary authority, with his own insights, perspectives and very important revelations of the decision-making process at the highest level, on the brink of nuclear holocaust.— David Schoenbrun
David Schoenbrun - New York Times Book Review
“As a principle figure in resolving the crisis Robert Kennedy brings to it extraordinary authority, with his own insights, perspectives and very important revelations of the decision-making process at the highest level, on the brink of nuclear holocaust.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451120335
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/1969
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur M. Schlesinger (1917 - 2007) was a historian who served as special assistant to President John F. Kennedy. Among his many works are the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Age of Jackson and A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
"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
Afterword 99
Documents 147
A Short Bibliography 175
Index 177
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2001

    13 DAYS GIVES EXCELLENT HISTORICAL REVIEW

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2008

    Why it matters who is elected U.S. President.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2001

    Good account of the Cuban Missile Crisis

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2014

    My impression of the book, ¿Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Movie

    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

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2006

    In the aura of Armageddon

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2005

    Still Relevent

    The decision makers today, and those who wish to be, should read this book for an example of restraint and global responsibility.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2001

    WOW!

    What a great read....gripping, exciting, historical. You couldn't make this stuff up!! Especially recommended if you are a Kennedy buff.

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