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One hell of a gamble : Khrushchev, Castro, and Kennedy, 1958-1964 / Aleksandr Fursenko and Timothy Naftali.

By: Fursenko, A. A.
Contributor(s): Naftali, Timothy J.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Norton, c1997Edition: 1st ed.Description: xi, 420 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0393040704; 9780393040708.Subject(s): Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 | United States -- Foreign relations -- Cuba | Cuba -- Foreign relations -- United States | United States -- Foreign relations -- 1953-1961 | United States -- Foreign relations -- 1961-1963DDC classification: 973.922 Other classification: 15.59 | ML 6100 | ML 6300 | ML 9414 | b 140.1.1
Contents:
"Where does Castro stand regarding Russia?" -- Our man in Havana -- La Coubre -- "Cuba si, Yankee no!" -- Bay of Pigs -- The education of a president -- Condor and Mongoose -- Trouble in the tropics -- The nuclear decision -- Anadyr -- "Now we can swat your ass" -- Ex comm -- Missile crisis -- Climax of the Cold War -- Mikoyan's mission -- To the American University speech -- Dallas and Moscow.
Summary: A look at newly opened Russian archives reveals just how close we got to nuclear Armageddon during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [405]-408) and index.

"Where does Castro stand regarding Russia?" -- Our man in Havana -- La Coubre -- "Cuba si, Yankee no!" -- Bay of Pigs -- The education of a president -- Condor and Mongoose -- Trouble in the tropics -- The nuclear decision -- Anadyr -- "Now we can swat your ass" -- Ex comm -- Missile crisis -- Climax of the Cold War -- Mikoyan's mission -- To the American University speech -- Dallas and Moscow.

A look at newly opened Russian archives reveals just how close we got to nuclear Armageddon during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Those of a certain age well remember the fateful days in the fall of 1962 when the world stood on the brink of nuclear catastrophe. Since that time, scholars have struggled to discern how the United States and the Soviet Union could have come so close to disaster. Graham Allison's Essence of Decision (1971) set the standard for these queries, but his work has now been vastly improved upon by the investigations of Fursenko (history, Russian Academy of Sciences) and Naftali (history, Yale). Taking advantage of the opening of heretofore closed Soviet archives, the authors have produced a breathtaking view of the inner workings of the Soviet Politburo and its efforts to come to grips with a potentially disastrous international incident. Seldom have scholars plumbed the depths of Soviet-American relations as deeply or as effectively. The resulting tale proves once again that truth can indeed be stranger than fiction. This important work belongs in all libraries. Highly recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/15/97.]‘Edward Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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