AUTHORThompson, Robert Smith
TITLEThe Missiles of October: The Declassified Story of John F. Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis
PUBLISHERSimon & Schuster
CITYNew York, NY

This book, published before all the U.S. President John F. Kennedy tapes and other primary sources became available, examines the Cuban Missile Crisis by considering previous relations among America, Cuba, and the Soviet Union. The book is divided into four parts, grouping chapters so as to present the event in phases. The author maintains that several decades of U.S.-Soviet tension were to blame; thus the book includes significant coverage of events of the 1950s and early 1960s, including Fidel Castro’s rise to power in Cuba, the Bay of Pigs invasion, and U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower’s relationship with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. Drawing from a variety of source materials, the author discusses the events on the days of the crisis and the intricate negotiations that led to its peaceful conclusion. The book’s final chapter assesses the legacy of the Cuban Missile Crisis and its impact on U.S.-Soviet relations, Cuba, and nuclear policy. The book contains photographs of many of the people involved, chapter endnotes, and a bibliography.

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