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The Cuban Missile Crisis: 13 Days that Brought the Cold War to the Brink

The Cuban Missile Crisis: 13 Days that Brought the Cold War to the Brink [Kindle Edition]

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*Includes pictures.
*Includes descriptions of the crisis written by important officials.
*Includes a bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a table of contents.

“For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.” – President John F. Kennedy, June 1963

When young president John F. Kennedy came to power in 1961, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev was eager to test his mettle from the start, and Khrushchev’s belief that he could push the inexperienced American leader around grew in the wake of the Bay of Pigs fiasco and the inconclusive Vienna summit in June 1961 that left Kennedy complaining to his brother Bobby that Khrushchev was "like dealing with Dad. All give and no take."

Given the events of the previous year, 1962 saw Khrushchev made his most decisive decision. Still questioning Kennedy’s resolve, and attempting to placate the concerns of Cuban leader Fidel Castro following the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, Khrushchev attempted to place medium range nuclear missiles in Cuba, just 90 miles off the coast of the United States. Though Castro warned him that the act would seem like an act of aggression to the Americans, Khrushchev insisted on moving the missiles in quietly, under the cover of darkness. These missiles could serve not only as a deterrent against any invasion of Cuba but also as the ultimate first-strike capability in the event of a nuclear war.

However, in October 1962, American spy planes discovered the Soviets were building nuclear missile sites in Cuba, and intelligence officials informed Kennedy of this on October 16th. It went without saying that nuclear missile sites located just miles off the coast of the American mainland posed a grave threat to the country, especially because missiles launched from Cuba would reach their targets in mere minutes. That would throw off important military balances in nuclear arms and locations that had previously ensured the Cold War stayed cold. Almost all senior American political figures agreed that the sites were offensive and needed to be removed, but how?

Ultimately, some of the biggest arguments during the crisis took place among members of the Kennedy administration and the military. Members of the U.S. Air Force wanted to take out the sites with bombing missions and launch a full-scale invasion of Cuba, but Kennedy and his brother feared that military action could ignite a full-scale escalation leading to nuclear war. Though he had previously taken aggressive stances on Cuba, Bobby was one of the voices who opposed outright war and helped craft the eventual plan: a blockade of Cuba. That was the decision President Kennedy ultimately reached as well, but it remained to be seen whether Khrushchev would test Kennedy’s resolve yet again.

The Cuban Missile Crisis: 13 Days That Brought the Cold War to the Brink comprehensively covers the fateful days that brought the two superpowers closer to nuclear war than they had ever been before or would ever get again. The origins of the conflict, and the confidential manner in which the crisis was defused are also discussed. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Cuban Missile Crisis like never before, in no time at all.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Charles River Editors (17 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HE601W0
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4.0 out of 5 stars balanced report 20 Dec 2013
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A very clear and informative analysis of the most frightening moment in the 1960s. It was a very nerve wracking period in east/west one upmanship, and very disturbing to read how close the "Hawks" on both sides could have brought about the possible destruction of this planet. It is a great pity today's politicians have not taken heed and keep engaging in futile global conflicts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crisp and credible! 21 Mar 2014
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A concise and lucid narrative on those "thirteen days on tenterhooks" when situation was mere touch and go,but hope prevailed over despair !
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 19 Jan 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars When The World came close to Nuclear Annihilation 17 Jan 2014
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Much before the Vietnam war, USA and the erstwhile Soviet Union almost came to the brink of a nuclear war.
The Cuban Missile Crisis as it came to be known is very well explained in this book by the Charles River Editors..
The briefings to the President and the flavour of the tense moments is well described .
A good read by all who love contemporary History.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cuban Missile Crisis 12 Jan 2014
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Even though I was a young teen at the time of this crisis, or perhaps because I was and therefore thought I knew what transpired, I found this short book to be very informative.
4.0 out of 5 stars very good read 11 Jan 2014
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I enjoyed reading this book. Learned facts that were not clear to me before. A very good read! shows some of the behind the scene politics of that era.
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