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Product Details

  • Series: Foreign Relations and the Presidency (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603447687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603447683
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,854,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Anyone interested in the Cold War, the Kennedy Administration, intelligence, or the Congress will want a copy of this fascinating book."--Loch K. Johnson, editor, Intelligence and National Security, and author, National Security Intelligence (Polity, 2012)


"Anyone interested in the Cold War, the Kennedy Administration, intelligence, or the Congress will want a copy of this fascinating book."--Loch K. Johnson, editor of the journal Intelligence and National Security, and author of National Security Intelligence (Polity, 2012)

(Loch K. Johnson 2012-02-17)

"Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Barrett and Holland provide new information and insights from recently declassified documents, as well as explore the perspectives of previously ignored participants in the historic Missile Crisis. This book is an absolute must for scholars of American foreign policy, national security and intelligence, and historians. But it also deserves to enjoy an expansive audience in general readership circles, as well. Barrett and Holland have written what is no doubt the definitive account of the Cuban Crisis."--William J. Daugherty, professor emeritus of government at Armstrong Atlantic State University

(William J. Daugherty 2012-06-05)

"Rarely has a book focused its attention with greater precision on the single most painful question about a great historical event than Blind over Cuba does in its careful study of the role of intelligence in the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. The story told by Barrett and Holland makes for a riveting book which will stand for many years to come as a classic account of slippery efforts to manipulate credit and blame. It is short, it is convincing, and there is nothing else like it."--Thomas Powers, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, author of The Man Who Kept the Secrets (1979), one of the most highly-regarded books ever written on US Intelligence; his most recent book is The Killing of Crazy Horse, published by Alfred Knopf in November 2010

(Thomas Powers 2012-06-14)

". . . magnificent scholarship . . . an important book."--Dr. Nicholas Dujmovic, CIA History Staff, Center for the Study of Intelligence
(Dr. Nicholas Dujmovic 2012-12-03)

“The hearings, the charges, and the administration’s defenses are present in remarkable detail throughout Blind over Cuba.”—Robert D. Chapman, International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence
(Robert D. Chapman International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 2013-03-12)

“Barrett and Holland have done excellent research, and this book, with its extensive detail and voluminous notes, should be of great value to scholars and practitioners.”—A. Klinghoffer, Choice

(A. Klinghoffer Choice 2013-05-07)

"...the book is well written and the research is excellent...a new and important piece to our understanding of the Cuban Missile Crisis."—Richard M. Filipink, Western Illinois University
(Richard M. Filipink, Western Illinois University The Historian 2014-05-19)

About the Author

DAVID M. BARRETT, a professor of political science at Villanova University, is the editor of Lyndon B. Johnson’s Vietnam Papers: A Documentary Collection (Texas A&M University Press, 1997) and the author of The CIA and Congress: The Untold Story from Truman to Kennedy (University Press of Kansas, 2005).
MAX HOLLAND is the editor of Washington Decoded, an independent, online monthly magazine. He also serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence and is a contributing editor for Wilson Quarterly and The Nation. He previously served for five years as a research fellow at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs.

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Max Holland is a journalist, author, and editor of Washington Decoded, an online publication.

A 1972 graduate of Antioch College, he is a contributing editor to The Nation and the Wilson Quarterly, and sits on the editorial advisory board of the International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence. He is the author, editor, or co-author of six books, most recently Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat (University Press of Kansas, March 2012) and Blind over Cuba: The Photo Gap and the Missile Crisis (Texas A&M University Press, September 2012).

His articles have appeared in a variety of general and scholarly publications, including the Atlantic Monthly, American Heritage, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Studies in Intelligence, the Journal of Cold War Studies, Reviews in American History, and online at History News Network. He has also received numerous grants in support of his research and writing, including fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, National Endowment for the Humanities, German Marshall Fund, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

In 2001, Holland won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, bestowed jointly by Harvard University's Nieman Foundation and the Columbia University School of Journalism, for a forthcoming narrative history of the Warren Commission, to be published by Alfred A. Knopf. That same year he won a Studies in Intelligence Award from the Central Intelligence Agency, the first writer working outside the US government to be so recognized. In 1989, Business Week named his first book, When the Machine Stopped, one of the top ten business books of the year.

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I have been reading numerous narratives by multiple historians for over 40 years. This narrative is more detailed ,than others,
concerning the months after the crisis. I hope historians will never tire of exploring this episode of our military and foreign
affairs history. My long term cynicism of our elected federal officials continues to be reinforced.
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