Thirteen Days: A Memoir Of The Cuban Missile Crisis by Robert F KennedyThirteen Days: A Memoir Of The Cuban Missile Crisis by Robert F Kennedy

Thirteen Days: A Memoir Of The Cuban Missile Crisis

byRobert F KennedyForeword byArthur Schlesinger

Paperback | August 15, 1999

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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 this unique account, he describes each of the participants during the sometimes hour-to-hour negotiations, with particular attention to the actions and views of his brother, President John F. Kennedy. In a new foreword, the distinguished historian and Kennedy adviser Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., discusses the book's enduring importance and the significance of new information about the crisis that has come to light, especially from the Soviet Union.
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.
Title:Thirteen Days: A Memoir Of The Cuban Missile CrisisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 0.47 inPublished:August 15, 1999Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393318346

ISBN - 13:9780393318340


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bobby Kennedy's Intellectual Take on the Cuban Missile Crisis Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis by Robert F. Kennedy archives the tense days between the United States and the Soviet Union that almost led to complete destruction of the human race. Told from the attorney general's perspective (who of course was also John F. Kennedy's brother), Robert goes in-depth into talks between U.S. generals and letters with the leader of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev. The president found out that the Soviet Union had been sending nuclear missiles to the country of Cuba, which is a mere 90 miles from the United States border. The U.S. was already on the edge with Cuba due to the Bay of Pigs invasion, a covert C.I.A mission that was put in place to overthrow the communist leader, Fidel Castro. The Kennedy brothers found out that the missile sites were close to being completed and more were on the way they knew they had to do something to stop it. Their closest allies were pushing them to bomb the sites first so that the Soviets and Cubans would not have the upper hand. As time progressed, and the world drew closer to the edge of disaster, the Kennedy brothers sent Khrushchev several letters about their peaceful propositions, in which he ultimately agreed to.
Date published: 2018-05-05

From Our Editors

The Cuban Missile Crisis was a tense time for the US and Russia, along with the rest of the world. Thirteen Days, told from the unique perspective of the US president's own brother, gives us a view of what happened behind the scenes. We hear of the hourly exchanges between the Russians and Americans and the deeper moral and philosophical issues behind this military crisis. No one has the kind of insight into this delicate political time as the man closest to the president.

Editorial Reviews

As a principle figure in resolving the crisis Robert Kennedy brings to it extraordinary authority, with his own insights, perspectives and very important revelations of the decision-making process at the highest level, on the brink of nuclear holocaust. — David Schoenbrun (New York Times Book Review)