AUTHORWhite, Mark J.
TITLEMissiles in Cuba: Kennedy, Khrushchev, Castro and the 1962 Crisis
CITYChicago, IL

This book presents a survey of the Cuban Missile Crisis, placing equal emphasis on the crisis itself and the events that led up to it. The author, Mark White, provides two background chapters that outline events and decision-making from the American and Soviet perspectives. He describes the Cold War policies of President Dwight Eisenhower, leading into the John F. Kennedy administration, as well as Kennedy’s foreign policy views. White describes the Bay of Pigs operation, the genesis of Operation Mongoose, and American military activities in the Caribbean. He also investigates why Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev placed weapons in Cuba, and Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s reasons for accepting them. In the third chapter, White discusses the events directly preceding the Cuban Missile Crisis, especially Soviet strategy, Republican attacks on Kennedy, the role of U.S. intelligence, the placement of Jupiter missiles in Turkey, Operation Mongoose, and military planning against Cuba. Two chapters are devoted to a day-by-day account of the crisis, and a concluding chapter examines the aftermath of the crisis and its long-term impact.

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