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5.0 out of 5 stars For me the seminal book on the Cuban Missile Crisis, 4 Sep 2001
This review is from: One Hell of a Gamble: Krushchev, Castro, Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1958-62 (Paperback)
As someone too young to have any real memories of the Cold War let alone the Cuban Missile Crisis it is easy to think that people exaggerate when they talk of 'the two days during which the world held its breath'. This book explodes any doubts one may have as to just how serious an event this was in world history. Apart from being exceptionally well researched and containing information previously not available, the book is also surprisingly easy to read. I must admit to being an avid fan of Russian and Cold War politics, but even for the novice, the book describes all the personalities involved without any assumption of prior knowledge. This is not to say that the 'expert' will not learn from this account though. Indeed this unique (as far as I am aware) account from the perspective of both the American and Russian scholar means that neither side is portrayed as victors in what was almost an apocalyptic chapter of human history. It also goes a long way to providing an understanding of the often fraught relations that Cuba itself has had with the USSR and USA. To simply regard Cuba as a pawn in the game of chess beiong played by the two Super Powers would be inaccurate something Fursenko and Naftali are keen to point out. This is something that many other books on the subject fail to give adequate attention to . Overall, a book that should be of interest to anyone who wants to realise the potential danger of political posturing in a world with nuclear weapons.
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