Cuban Missile Crisis
The Essential Reference Guide
On October 14, 1962, a U.S. reconnaissance flight provided the final, definitive proof that the Soviet Union was attempting to build missile bases in Cuba. The ensuing crisis was one of the defining moments of the Cold War, and likely the closest the world has ever come to all-out nuclear annihilation.
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Drawing on revealing new research, this richly informative volume is the definitive concise introduction to the crisis that took the world to the brink of nuclear war.
Cuban Missile Crisis: The Essential Reference Guide captures the historical context, the minute-by-minute drama, and the profound repercussions of the "Missiles of October" confrontation that brought the very real threat of nuclear attack to the United States' doorstep. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the crisis, it takes full advantage of recently opened Soviet archives as well as interviews with key Russian, Cuban, and U.S. officials to explore the event as it played out in Moscow, Havana, Washington, and other locations around the world.
Cuban Missile Crisis contains an introductory essay by the author and alphabetically organized reference entries contributed by leading Cold War researchers. The book also includes an exceptionally comprehensive bibliography. Together, these resources give readers everything they need to understand the escalating tensions that led to the crisis as well as the intense diplomacy that resolved it, including new information about the back-channel negotiations between Robert Kennedy and Soviet ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin.
- 73 alphabetically organized entries that offer valuable insights into the leaders, events, and ideas that shaped the Cuban Missile Crisis
- More than a dozen expert contributors representing all countries involved in the crisis
- Seven primary source documents, including President Kennedy's speech to the American public and letters exchanged between Premier Kruschev and Fidel Castro
- Biographies of major figures, including the Kennedys, Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, Adlai Stevenson, and Valerian Zorin
- A thorough chronology outlining all key events before, during, and after the crisis
- A comprehensive bibliography on the crisis, including a significant number of recent publications that have brought new understanding of the conflict to light
- Provides a concise yet authoritative introduction to a pivotal event in 20th-century history, documenting its precursors and explaining its legacy
Examines the missile crisis from the American, Soviet, and Cuban perspectives
Draws on significant recent research into both American and Soviet sources
Brings to light key exchanges among policymakers on both sides of the crisis, including the clearest details yet of secret negotiations to resolve the crisis
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"[A] well-written dictionary of key players and events surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. . . . This is a concise, easy-to-read reference for high-school and public libraries and beginning undergraduates. Summing Up: Recommended."
"The work gives great insight into the negotiations between the two countries and their leaders and would be an excellent choice for school, academic, and public libraries."
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