The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory: Myths versus Reality

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Stanford University Press, Sep 5, 2012 - History - 208 pages
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This book exposes the misconceptions, half-truths, and outright lies that have shaped the still dominant but largely mythical version of what happened in the White House during those harrowing two weeks of secret Cuban missile crisis deliberations. A half-century after the event it is surely time to demonstrate, once and for all, that RFK's Thirteen Days and the personal memoirs of other ExComm members cannot be taken seriously as historically accurate accounts of the ExComm meetings.

 

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Contents

From Reel to Real
1
Robert F Kennedys Thirteen Days
32
3 The Real Robert Kennedy
40
4 The Mythmaking of Robert McNamara
54
5 The Forgotten Voice of Dean Rusk
68
6 The Erratic Expertise of Llewellyn Thompson
99
7 The Selective Memory of McGeorge Bundy
109
8 The Determined Diplomacy of Adlai Stevenson
129
9 The Trollope Ploy Myth
134
An Unanticipated Consequence?
148
Leadership Matters
155
What If?
159
Notes
175
Bibliography
184
Index
189
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Sheldon M. Stern taught U.S. history at the college level for more than a decade before becoming historian at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts from 1977 to 2000. He was the first non-member of the ExComm, as well as the first historian, to listen to and evaluate all the secret White House tape recordings made during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. Stern is the author of Averting the Final Failure: John F. Kennedy and the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis Meetings (2003), and The Week the World Stood Still: Inside the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis (2005), both in the Stanford University Press Nuclear Age Series.

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