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The Week the World Stood Still: Inside the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis (Stanford Nuclear Age Series)

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The Cuban missile crisis was the most dangerous confrontation of the Cold War and the most perilous moment in American history. In this dramatic narrative written especially for students and general readers, Sheldon M. Stern, longtime historian at the John F. Kennedy Library, enables the reader to follow the often harrowing twists and turns of the crisis.

Based on the authors authoritative transcriptions of the secretly recorded ExComm meetings, the book conveys the emotional ambiance of the meetings by capturing striking moments of tension and anger as well as occasional humorous intervals. Unlike today's readers, the participants did not have the luxury of knowing how this potentially catastrophic showdown would turn out, and their uncertainty often gives their discussions the nerve-racking quality of a fictional thriller. As President Kennedy told his advisers, “What we are doing is throwing down a card on the table in a game which we don't know the ending of.”

Stern documents that JFK and his administration bore a substantial share of the responsibility for the crisis. Covert operations in Cuba, including efforts to kill Fidel Castro, had convinced Nikita Khrushchev that only the deployment of nuclear weapons could protect Cuba from imminent attack. However, President Kennedy, a seasoned Cold Warrior in public, was deeply suspicious of military solutions to political problems and appalled by the prospect of nuclear war. He consistently steered policy makers away from an apocalyptic nuclear conflict, measuring each move and countermove with an eye to averting what he called, with stark eloquence, “the final failure.”

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In this revised and condensed version of Averting `The Final Failure': John F. Kennedy and the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis Meetings, Stern (former historian at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library from 1977 to 1999) uses his own transcriptions of the now declassified tapes of the Executive Committee of the National Security Council in order to construct a narrative of the body's deliberations after the discovery of Soviet ballistic missiles and consequent eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation in which the world arguably came its closest it ever has to the outbreak of nuclear war.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The Cuban missile crisis was the most dangerous confrontation of the Cold War and the most perilous moment in American history. In this dramatic and succinct narrative, Sheldon M. Stern enables the reader to follow the often harrowing twists and turns of the crisis.

Synopsis:

“ . . . The Week The World Stood Still is an impressive work of scholarship that is also highly recommended for non-specialist general readers with an interest in the history of the Cold War era.”—The Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Sheldon M. Stern was the Historian at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library from 1977 to 1999. He is author of Averting 'The Final Failure': John F. Kennedy and the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis Meetings (Stanford University Press, 2003).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804750776
Author:
Stern, Sheldon M
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Author:
Stern, Sheldon M.
Author:
Stern, Sheldon
Subject:
World
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/60s
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century/Nuclear Age
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies - Cuba
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Stanford Nuclear Age Series
Publication Date:
20050131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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