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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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,

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531003145
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/1981
Series:
Keith Jennison Large Type Bks.

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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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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