The Armageddon Letters: Kennedy, Khrushchev, Castro in the Cuban Missile Crisis

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Sep 16, 2012 - Political Science - 320 pages
In October, 1962, the Cuban missile crisis brought human civilization to the brink of destruction. On the 50th anniversary of the most dangerous confrontation of the nuclear era, two of the leading experts on the crisis recreate the drama of those tumultuous days as experienced by the leaders of the three countries directly involved: U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, and Cuban President Fidel Castro. Organized around the letters exchanged among the leaders as the crisis developed and augmented with many personal details of the circumstances under which they were written, considered, and received, Blight and Lang poignantly document the rapidly shifting physical and psychological realities faced in Washington, Moscow, and Havana. The result is a revolving stage that allows the reader to experience the Cuban missile crisis as never before—through the eyes of each leader as they move through the crisis. The Armageddon Letters: Kennedy, Khrushchev, Castro in the Cuban Missile Crisis transports the reader back to October 1962, telling a story as gripping as any fictional apocalyptic novel.
 

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Contents

CAST OF CHARACTERS
17
PRELUDE
29
ACT I
63
ACT II
79
ACT III
123
ACT IV
165
POSTSCRIPT
213
APPENDIX A
239
APPENDIX B
261
Notes
269
Acknowledgments
285
Index
289
About the Authors
303
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James G. Blight is the Center for International Governance Innovation Chair in Foreign Policy Development at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada.

janet M. Lang is research professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

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