The Armageddon Letters: Kennedy/Khrushchev/Castro in the Cuban Missile Crisis (Hardcover)

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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.

About the Author

Robert S. McNamara served as secretary of defense to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, and is the author of "In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam," and co-author of "Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy." James G. Blight is professor of international relations (research) at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, and the author or editor of many books on U.S. foreign policy, including "Argument Without End."

Lang is a pioneer in the field of critical oral history, she teaches at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Relations.

A U.S. Navy flight engineer/gunner during World War II, Andy Whyte worked for forty-one years as a design engineer at Sikorsky Aircraft. Now retired, he is an active freelance artist, president of the American Society of Aviation Artists (ASAA), and a participant in the Air Force Art Program and Society of Illustrators. He resides in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781442216792
ISBN-10: 1442216794
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication Date: September 14th, 2012
Pages: 304
Language: English