One Hell Of A Gamble: The Secret History Of The Cuban Missile Crisis by Aleksandr FursenkoOne Hell Of A Gamble: The Secret History Of The Cuban Missile Crisis by Aleksandr Fursenko

One Hell Of A Gamble: The Secret History Of The Cuban Missile Crisis

byAleksandr Fursenko, Timothy Naftali

Paperback | October 31, 2000

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No other book offers this inside look at the strategies of the Soviet leadership. John F. Kennedy did not live to write his memoirs; Fidel Castro will not reveal what he knows; and the records of the Soviet Union have long been sealed from public view: Of the most frightening episode of the Cold War--the Cuban Missile Crisis--we have had an incomplete picture. When did Castro embrace the Soviet Union? What proposals were put before the Kremlin through Kennedy's back-channel diplomacy? How close did we come to nuclear war? These questions have now been answered for the first time. This important and controversial book draws the missing half of the story from secret Soviet archives revealed exclusively by the authors, including the files of Nikita Khrushchev and his leadership circle. Contained in these remarkable documents are the details of over forty secret meetings between Robert Kennedy and his Soviet contact, records of Castro's first solicitation of Soviet favor, and the plans, suspicions, and strategies of Khrushchev. This unique research opportunity has allowed the authors to tell the complete, fascinating, and terrifying story of the most dangerous days of the last half-century.
Aleksandr Fursenko, one of Russia’s leading historians, is a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.Timothy Naftali, a frequent contributor to Slate and NPR, is director of the federal Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
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Title:One Hell Of A Gamble: The Secret History Of The Cuban Missile CrisisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.2 × 6.1 × 1.2 inPublished:October 31, 2000

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ISBN - 10:0393317900

ISBN - 13:9780393317909

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommend For anyone and everyone who loves thrillers, history or knowing how close we came to the end.
Date published: 2017-01-27

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Just how dangerous was the Cuban Missile Crisis? "One Hell of a Gamble" is an unequivocal and gripping history that opens the top secret files of the U.S. and former Soviet governments to reveal the full story of the crisis. This New York Times Notable Book of 1997 follows Khrushchev, Castro and Kennedy from 1958-1964, detailing the harrowing story in minute detail.