The Real Thirteen Days: A Concise History of the Cuban Missile Crisis

The Real Thirteen Days: A Concise History of the Cuban Missile Crisis

by Don Munton, David A. Welch




In The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Concise History, Don Munton and David A. Welch distill the best current scholarship on the Cuban missile crisis into a brief narrative history. The authors draw on newly available documents to provide a comprehensive treatment of its causes, events, consequences, and significance. Stressing the importance of context in relation to the genesis, conduct, and resolution of the crisis, Munton and Welch examine it from the U.S., Soviet, and Cuban angles, revealing the vital role differences in national perspectives played at every stage. While the book provides a concise, up-to-date look at this pivotal event, it also notes gaps and mysteries in the historical record and highlights important persistent interpretive disputes. The authors provide a detailed guide to the literature and film for those who wish to explore further. The Cuban Missile Crisis is
ideal for undergraduate courses on the 1960s, U.S. foreign policy, the Cold War, twentieth-century world history, and comparative foreign policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195178593
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 07/19/2006
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

University of Northern British Columbia

University of Toronto

Table of Contents


List of Acronyms

Dramatis Personae (and Positionss in October 1962)


1. Background to the Crisis

US-Cuban Relations in Historical Perspective

The Bay of Pigs and Operation Mongoose

The Soviet Decision to Deploy

2. Deployment and Discovery

Details of the Deployment

The Intelligence Game of Cat and Mouse

Warnings Too Late

On the Eve of Crisis

3. From Discovery to Blockade

The Storm Before the Calm

Narrowing the Options

Decision: The Calm Before the Storm

4. The Perfect Storm

The Speech

Carrots and Sticks

Khrushchev and Kennedy Waver

The Crisis Heats Up

The Dobrynin Meeting

Climax and Resolution

5. Aftermath

Removing the Missiles from Cuba

The Cuban Bomber Crisis

The Domestic and International Public Reaction

Steps Toward Detente: The Hot Line and Test Ban


Bibliographic Essay

Early Treatments of the Crisis

The Second Wave: "Critical Oral History"

Recent Accounts

Background and History


Document Collections and Websites



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