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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, 17 Aug. 2009
This review is from: One Minute To Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War (Paperback)
Unlike other reviewers I find its style easy to read and never turgid as other books on the subject can be. There is a good mix of major and minor 'characters' and it does portray the fact that much of what was happening was out of the control of Kennedy et al, and that minor characters could have had such a huge bearing on the outcome. It also is astonishing how slow communications where in the early 1960's.

If you have time its a good idea to Google the crisis because many of the conversations between Kennedy and his advisors are online and illuminate many of the passages in the book. He only really mentions 2 or 3 times that something is 'new' and the new things are not sensationalist items but new slants on accepted events. This is not a "revisionist" book or one hunting for a 'sexy' angle but pretty good history made accessible.

Well worth the read and again really lets you realize how out of control the politicians were of the situation and how incompetence and army bravado could have led to a dangerous situation becoming cataclysmic.
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