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Aleksandr Fursenko and Timothy Naftali have taken advantage of recent unrestricted access to Soviet records and performed painstaking detective work to fill the gaps in the historical record. Some of the tension of the narrative is lost, because we know the outcome; even so, they give penetrating insights as they reconstruct the drama step by step. We learn that the Kremlin did seriously consider launching a nuclear attack on the U.S.: the appropriate orders were discussed and Khrushchev spent the night of October 22 in his office so he could be on hand to cable his authorization. Some of the most interesting facts to emerge, however, are those concerning John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert. JFK had always previously been portrayed as something of a parochial gung-ho type, but this, it emerges, was merely a public persona designed to appease the Pentagon hawks. At the same time JFK was talking about a Cuban invasion, he and his brother were engaging in a more secret policy of appeasement through the Soviet ambassador. Fortunately for all of us, diplomacy won the day. In recent years, JFK has been somewhat discredited as a leader for his unpleasant sexual carryings-on and corruption. It may just be that this view is as incomplete as his portrayal as the saintly "King of Camelot". If so, One Hell of a Gamble could be the first stage in his partial rehabilitation. --John Crace, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Bought several books at one time so haven't had a chance to listen/read this one yet.Published 8 months ago by firstname.lastname@example.org
A good account of this particular moment in Cold War history.Published 10 months ago by Charles Lewis
very interesting reading if you ever wanted to know how close the USA and the USSR were when it comes to World War III or the nuclear destruction of the United States also.Published 12 months ago by GR
I think this is one of the scariest times in world history but I wish this book had more answers to this story. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mr. Bubles
I've read a number of excellent books about the Cuban Missile Crisis and this ranks with the best. The depth of the research adds a lot to our understanding of one of the seminal... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dale Speetzen
As a young SAC B-52 Combat Crew member, we were among the first to learn what was going on, but only 22 hours before JFK gave his speech. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Calfla