AUTHORStern, Sheldon M.
TITLEThe Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory: Myths Versus Reality
PUBLISHERStanford University Press
CITYStanford, CA

The author of this volume uses recently declassified White House tape recordings to debunk some well-established assessments of the Cuban Missile Crisis. He analyzes 43 hours of recordings to expose the pervasive misconceptions that he contends hinder an understanding of one of the most dangerous periods in modern history. Chapters on Robert Kennedy, Robert McNamara, Dean Rusk, Llewellyn Thompson, McGeorge Bundy, and Adlai Stevenson present interpretations that differ from those portrayed in memoirs of ExComm members and challenge previous accounts of the two most crucial weeks of the Crisis. The author is a former historian at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.

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