The Fourteenth Day

The Fourteenth Day

JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Book - 2012 | 1st ed
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On October 28, 1962, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev agreed to remove nuclear missiles from Cuba. Conventional wisdom has marked that day as the end of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a seminal moment in American history. As President Kennedy's secretly recorded White House tapes now reveal, the reality was not so simple. Nuclear missiles were still in Cuba, as were nuclear bombers, short-range missiles, and thousands of Soviet troops. From October 29, Kennedy had to walk a very fine line -- push hard enough to get as much nuclear weaponry out of Cuba as possible, yet avoid forcing the volatile Khrushchev into a combative stance. On the domestic front, an election loomed and the press was bristling at White House "news management." Using new material from the tapes, historian David G. Coleman puts readers in the Oval Office during one of the most highly charged moments in American history.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393084412
Branch Call Number: 973.922 COLEMAN
Characteristics: 256 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Jul 24, 2013

Kennedy knew only too well that military action would, in all likelihood, lead inexorably to a nuclear exchange.

Jul 24, 2013

Berlin was the prize that the Soviets were after and that Cuba was simply a means to that end.


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