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Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962: A National Security Archive Documents Reader Paperback – January 17, 1999
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Peter Kornbluh, director of the Cuba Documentation Project at the National Security Archive in Washington, D.C., is the author of "The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability", among other books.
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The standard history of the Cuban Missile Crisis, based on selective memoires by U.S. participants, is that Russia rather inexplicably placed ballistic missiles in Cuba in 1962. The resulting crisis was resolved when the United States faced down the Soviets in a dramatic confrontation that came close to nuclear war. A more nuanced version holds that President Kennedy traded US missiles in Turkey and a pledge not to invade Cuba in return for a Soviet withdrawal.
"The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962" makes clear the crisis had long roots in US/Soviet rivalry and a much messier resolution. The documents indicate that US and Soviet decision-makers were operating with a dangerously incomplete understanding of each other. Soviet actions in Cuba become much clearer in a context of US actions in Europe and Cuba and the disparity in strategic forces. US counteractions are formulated in a tense atmosphere haunted by the supposed lessons of the Second World War and by the fear of igniting a third world war. The resolution of the crisis spun out long after the dramatic "thirteen days" in October 1962.Read more ›
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Plenty of comprensive data but the author should learn to write.
His style is so utterly awkward, he must be speaking some sort of oriental verse. Read more