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5.0 out of 5 stars Witnessing the decisions that made history, 25 Jan 2013
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This review is from: The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House During the Cuban Missile Crisis (Paperback)
This book offers its readers the unique opportunity to witness exactly what was being said and considered in top level meetings during the Cuban Missile Crises.

Simply put, this transcript places you alongside the EXCOMM team as they deal with potentially deadly daily, sometimes hourly developments, which were occurring during one of the most dangerous "stand-off's" in modern history. Being able to read exactly what was said, and by who gives you a real sense urgency and panic felt at the top level of the American Government during the unfolding crises, but also enables you to closely follow and second guess the thought process and concerns of all involved, who are desperately trying to avert the world from nuclear conflict. Particularly interesting and poignant are the relationships between those involved in the meetings, with some hot headily trying to push one course of physical action, while others are exploring other more diplomatic avenues. This certainly adds to the overall tension of an already incredibly overwrought situation as viewpoints often clash, leading to stern put-downs and angst voiced by colleagues.

Perhaps the most compelling element of the book is that every word happened... this is not fiction or one of those titles that's based loosely on a true story, this really did happen, and being able to see and understand exactly what did happen for yourself leaves you with a feeling of absolute awe. This book simply must be read.
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