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Coleman, David G
The fourteenth day : JFK and the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis / David G. Coleman
Alternate Title 14th day
JFK and the aftermath of the Cuban Missile
1st ed
New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Co., c2012
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  E841 .C567 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
Subject Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
Subject(s) Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 -- Influence
Subject United States -- Politics and government -- 1961-1963
Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeevich, 1894-1971
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1961-1963
United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union
Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States
Physical Description 256 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 215-248) and index
Summary On October 28, 1962, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev agreed to remove nuclear missiles from Cuba. Conventional wisdom has marked that day as the end of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a seminal moment in American history. As President Kennedy's secretly recorded White House tapes now reveal, the reality was not so simple. Nuclear missiles were still in Cuba, as were nuclear bombers, short-range missiles, and thousands of Soviet troops. From October 29, Kennedy had to walk a very fine line--push hard enough to get as much nuclear weaponry out of Cuba as possible, yet avoid forcing the volatile Khrushchev into a combative stance. On the domestic front, an election loomed and the press was bristling at White House "news management." Using new material from the tapes, historian David G. Coleman puts readers in the Oval Office during one of the most highly charged, and in the end most highly regarded, moments in American history.--From publisher description
Contents The ultimate source of action -- The fourteenth day -- Eyes in the sky -- The postmortem season -- Mockingbird don't sing -- The bomber problem -- Standing in judgment -- A tub of butter -- The military problem -- Missiles of November -- A deal -- With one voice -- The missiles we've had on our minds -- Removing the straitjacket -- A political firefight -- Shaping the future

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