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Interesting perspective on the Cuban Missile Crisis
on 2 August 2013
Ignore the exciting action shot of a Vulcan on the front cover - if you are looking for a techno-thriller, look elsewhere. This is a fairly serious study of the Cuban Missile Crisis from a British perspective, which is a first as far as I can tell - that period of history is invariably viewed from an American perspective. While there is plenty of background on the American side of things, the focus of the book is on how Macmillan and his government reacted, their role in the crisis, and how the UK's armed forces responded.
This makes fascinating reading for any student of the Cold War in the UK - it stands alongside works such as Hennessey's "The Secret State" in that respect - and is well worth reading. My reservation is that there isn't a huge amount of material in the book - it's a mere 180 pages or so, and a lot of that is given over to the US perspective. There's also quite a bit of speculation about how people must have been thinking rather than verified facts.
Oh, and to be a grammar pedant I, really must point, out the fact that the author (or editor), has no idea where to put, commas, which becomes intensely irritating after a while!