Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis

by Robert F. Kennedy

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Overview

The unique, gripping account of the perilous showdown between the United States and the Soviet Union. During the thirteen days in October 1962 when the United States confronted the Soviet Union over its installation of missiles in Cuba, few people shared the behind-the-scenes story as it is told here by the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy. In a clear and simple record, he describes the personalities involved in the crisis, with particular attention to the actions and attitudes of his brother, President John F. Kennedy. He describes the daily, even hourly, exchanges between Russian representatives and American. In firsthand immediacy we see the frightening responsibility of two great nations holding the fate of the world in their hands.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451091505
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/1969
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Arthur M. Schlesinger (1917 - 2007) was a historian who served as special assistant to President John F. Kennedy. Among his many works are the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Age of Jackson and A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House.

Table of Contents

Foreword7
"Tuesday morning, October 16, 1962"19
"The President knew he would have to act."26
"A majority opinion for a blockade"34
"It was now up to one single man."37
"The important meeting of the OAS"45
"I met with Dobrynin"50
"The danger was anything but over."56
"There were almost daily communications with Khrushchev."61
"Expect very heavy casualties in an invasion."65
"This would mean war."70
"Those hours in the Cabinet Room"76
"The President ordered the Ex Comm"80
"Some of the things we learned"85
"The importance of placing ourselves in the other country's shoes."95
Afterword99
Documents147
A Short Bibliography175
Index177

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Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
13 days was an amazing recap of the Cuban missile crisis that took place in October 1962. The book was sensational and gives readers a chance to experience the event or relive it again. Very educational for young readers and history lovers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book should be required reading for highschool students, and if they haven't read it prior to voting for the first time, it should be required then. An entire political history course could be based on this gripping true story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a good book and it reads very well. It's short so it is easy to read it in one sitting. Robert Kennedy's account is riveting, and it shows just how close we were to a nuclear holocaust. This is a good first-hand account with lots of inside information.
tloeffler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Robert F. Kennedy's memoir of the events happening during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. It was very interesting to read the details of what was going on during that time period. Quite a few games of "chicken" were played, and one wonders what would have really happened if bluffs had been called.
ksmyth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I first must offer a confession-Bobby Kennedy is one of my heroes, so I am not necessarily an objective reviewer. I was drawn to the book by two factors beyond hero-worship, the 2000 movie by the same title, and President Bush's decision to plunge into Iraq following 9/11. I believed then, as I do now, that the Cuban Missile Crisis was a far greater danger to the U.S. than Iraq ever was, yet somehow, President Kennedy managed to avoid reflexively attacking Cuba, keeping us out a hot war 90 miles from our coast, and cooling off the nuclear confrontation that appeared inevitable. For those who don't know this book, it was written in 1967, and published in 1969 after Bobby's death. There are only 120 pages of text which offer a general outline of the course the Kennedys and their advisers took to meet the challenge of the missiles in Cuba. There is a great deal that is not told, a lot of blanks in the story that need filling in. Thirteen Days is only a beginning if one wishes to learn more about this topic. With the end of the Cold War a number of titles are available that draw from U.S. and Soviet sources to do just that. Thirteen Days is a good place to begin.
iftyzaidi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Robert Kennedy was assasinated before he could complete this book on the Cuban Missile Crisis. All other implications of this tragedy aside, one result was that this book has an unfinished feel to it and doesn't quiet provide the kind of detailed account one would have liked. Having said that, it makes a few astute observations about the process of decision-making in the White House, offers up some dos and don'ts [allow opposing views to be aired, make sure you have all the information possible, take time to deliberate, bring international allies on board, etc.] which, the outgoing presidency may well have benefited from heeding during its tenure.
Ethan_Pellegrino More than 1 year ago
My impression of the book, “Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis” by Robert F. Kennedy, was great. The book written by Robert Kennedy gave insight to see what a senator’s role in a federal investigation would be. This might have been otherwise overlooked if written by a president him or herself. I chose the book because I was interested in the cold war and I knew little about the cuban missile crisis. I would highly recommend this title to any highschooler or upper classmen. The reason for this recommendation is because of the importance of the events that took place during this time. Overall, Thirteen Days met my expectations to the highest degree, often going into detail about what seemed to be little decisions yet ended up to have a great impact on the story. This is a great read for anyone who wants to learn more about the cold war.
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This is a well drawn out memoir of the world's greatest crisis by one of the main participants of the crisis. Kennedy's prose is very simple, direct,shockingly confessional and quite on point. A refreshing side of this reflection compared to other political memoirs is that is intricately infused with a sense of humanitarian commitment, not for personal glory or tactical and ideological manifestos. Another facet about the book I found somewhat surprising is that Kennedy didn't really vilify anybody, including his enemies of Castro, Dean Rusk, or Khruschev. It shows just how close we were to the aura of Armageddon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The decision makers today, and those who wish to be, should read this book for an example of restraint and global responsibility.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great read....gripping, exciting, historical. You couldn't make this stuff up!! Especially recommended if you are a Kennedy buff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie and it was really good.If Bobby kennedy still looks young(I don't know if he does or not)e should have pkayed himself in the movie.The guy who playsJFK was also tthe president in Natonal Treasure 2:The book of secrets