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Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis Paperback – November 17, 1999
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RFK, an intricate player throughout the process, lays out in chilling recollection the Cuban Missile Crisis and how close we actually came to that fateful day when the world's superpowers would square off with nuclear weapons. RFK's first-hand account articulately provides a perspective on what was going on in the minds of the players involved. It allows the reader to understand the enormous weight their decisions carried, as well as all of the pressures that affected each of them.
While a generation remembers a stoic President Kennedy giving his on-air address condemning the soviet supply of offensive weapons into Cuba, "13 Days" brings into account all of the human factors that affected these men as they sought to do what they felt was right.
This was a time in our nation's history when leadership was most needed. With the encouragement of the President, these individuals sought to learn from the mistakes of the past while also sympathizing with the Soviets who were also thrust into this position. The Soviets would not let a military attack go unwarranted, but at the same time had families of their own and ultimately wanted the same outcome from this standoff; a peaceful conclusion.
The decisions that were made by the ExComm would impact the history of the world and all of its inhabitants. It was a trying time that tested the souls of the leaders of the world and proved to be a turning point in world events.Read more ›
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In 1967, Senator Robert Kennedy put together his notes and observations gathered during the 13-day period of October 1962 that Americans became to recognize as the Cuban Missile... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Glen Chern
This was a short, but very clear and terrifying account of what actually went on in Washington during the Cuban missile crisis. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Lee McKenzie
I was in a missile base outside of Washington D.C. during that time; it was real!Published 3 months ago by Fred Clock
I couldn't put down this book and even already knowing the history and how it all ends it was still very exciting and even scary at times. Read morePublished 4 months ago by billfisha
The parts of the book written by Robert Kennedy were great. They should have ended it there because the follow on pages were far from up to par.Published 5 months ago by Dave Sullivan
Covers the historical basis of this issue almost with perfection, not only a read for educational purposes but also for just an interesting quick read!Published 8 months ago by Haulz12