They must kill Oh over and over to bring her back to life. For thirteen days, the United States held its breath, fearing the ultimate destruction of the nation by nuclear weapons. Robert Kennedy, then the attorney general, was of the idea that the navy should be deployed around the Cuban island to block any offensive that the Soviet Union might employ against America. It lasted from the 16th to the 28th. Ultimately, the stalemate is broken, the Soviets flinch, and peace returns.
It was only natural for me to love this book. Just think about that for a second and the repercussions that war would have had. Source: Published in Chronicle of Higher Education February 2, 2001. Still, it is riveting tale of how close we came to nuclear war. They decide to do what is considered as a step less than a blockade, which is formally regarded as an act of war.
The clear and concise text and down-to-earth style makes it accessible to the average reader. The story shows corruption and imperial prejudice. Many members of my generation do not, perhaps, understand the gravity of the situation, and how a 45 year old president was able to calmly deliberate on the facts, assemble an Executive Committee full of experience, ability and deliberative dissent, and make a decision that protected the world from nuclear holocaust. For every position there were inherent weaknesses; and those opposed would point them out, often with devastating effects. It is an account of the thirteen days in October of 1962. Kennedy as — at least for the duration of the crisis — a thoughtful, anguished, morally serious president who remained cool under pressure. All placing of these missiles was done in secrecy, however on October 14th an American U2 plane took photographs of the missile site and the American Government was immediately informed.
The focus of the book was on the decision of both the United States and Russia. In doing so, and then contrasting it to what actually happened in their lives, it shows that these women were far from just submissive beings to their husbands; but rather very important to colonial society, unlike how they may have been thought of in the past. The second part is dedicated to Eve. While the author is clearly partial towards supporting the actions taken by the President and his advisors, should be considered required reading on the subject. I call the first phenomenon the West Wing syndrome, which is already widespread, especially among political-science students. Kennedy Kevin Costner , the President must avoid bad decisions that could lead to a war with the Soviets since it involved nuclear weapons and that would also prevent them from invading Berlin. Everything depends on what they decide.
That fast reading pace manages to perfectly capture the chaotic pace of events that were transpiring. Kennedy, senator and brother to President John F. The only reason you're reading this now is because of their actions and their willingness to swallow national pride and step back from the abyss. He was Bobby's roommate at Harvard and Jack's campaign manager, he is an utterly loyal confidante, and in the movie he helps save civilization by sometimes taking matters into his own hands. I really enjoyed the snippets of Kennedy's actual words in this book. These were the time period in which the fate of the world was decided. If A, do B, in an unstoppable chain of individually logical steps that could lead to insane conclusions.
This book was astonishing in its revelations about the inside discussions, arguments and second thoughts by a disparate group of advisors set up by President Kennedy when he suddenly learned that nuclear missiles were being set up in Cuba. Kennedy's steadfastness to protect not only the citizens of the United States, but humanity itself from the catastrophic devastation that would result from the final confrontation with Cuba and the Soviet Socialist Republic and which was opposed by the Chiefs of Staff displays not only his genius but abs Robert Kennedy describes in detail the many sides of the political, strategic and moral discussions held that ultimately led to the decision that could only be made by President Kennedy himself. By the film's end, the audience fully recognizes the importance of having men of goodwill and superior leadership in positions of power. In the long run, national defense consists of not blowing everything up in the name of national defense. Rules of the status quo had been violated, trust had been broken, and a line needed to be drawn.
It is that discursive, even poetic, and at times contradictory set of Russian letters that makes me think there is a real story to be told of what was going on in the Kremlin. I'm still debating if I should keep it at 3 stars or give it 4 for historical purposes as a first-person account. Since this was one of the most volatile periods in American history, many different decisions had to be made by Kennedy, with the help of his advisers, in order to end the threat of nuclear war. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page. As Attorney General, as well as brother and confidant to the P I had read this book many years ago in a class in negotiations in graduate school.
Above all, this book shows how President Kennedy built a diverse group of advisors and drew from their varied perspectives and backgrounds to debate all the possible alternatives. Many a member of the committee rooted for the deployment of military to destroy the Soviet Union missiles in Cuba. Robert Kennedy has a great writing style for narrative that he's working with. Kennedy during this particular time, and the great amount of thought put into the process of avoiding a nuclear armageddon. The focus of the book was on the decision of both the United States and Russia. The account is told from.