Awaiting Armageddon: How Americans Faced the Cuban Missile Crisis

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 2003 - History - 238 pages
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For thirteen days in October 1962, America stood at the brink of nuclear war. Nikita Khrushchev's decision to place nuclear missiles in Cuba and John F. Kennedy's defiant response introduced the possibility of unprecedented cataclysm. The immediate threat
 

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Stern, a historian at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library from 1977 to 1999, presents here the most significant interpretation of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis to date. He is the first historian ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
CHAPTER ONE The Shadow of Death
19
CHAPTER TWO Bunker Mentality
42
CHAPTER THREE Ready or Not
68
CHAPTER FOUR The Looking Glass
87
CHAPTER FIVE Politics and Strategy
115
CHAPTER SIX Children of the Cold War
138
Conclusion
164
Notes
171
Bibliography
215
Index
233
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Alice L. George is a historian and former newspaper editor who lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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