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The Cuban missile crisis : the struggle over policy

Author: Roger Hilsman
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The world has never been as close to nuclear war as it was in November 1962. In this book, Roger Hilsman, head of intelligence at the U.S. State Department at that time, details the struggles that President Kennedy and his advisers went through to understand why the Soviet Union had deployed nuclear missiles in Cuba, describes the debate over alternative policy choices to force the removal of the missiles, and  Read more...
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Hilsman, Roger.
Cuban missile crisis.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1996
(OCoLC)603982362
Online version:
Hilsman, Roger.
Cuban missile crisis.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1996
(OCoLC)631616000
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Hilsman
ISBN: 0275954358 9780275954352
OCLC Number: 33104097
Description: x, 162 pages, [9] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. The Soviet Decision --
Ch. 2. The Intelligence Story --
Ch. 3. The Intelligence Postmortem --
Ch. 4. The Initial American Reaction --
Ch. 5. The Question of Soviet Motives --
Ch. 6. The Policy Decisions --
Ch. 7. The Resolution --
Ch. 8. The Aftermath --
Ch. 9. The Significance.
Responsibility: Roger Hilsman.

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This text tells the story of the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. It focuses on issues such as the aftermath of the crisis, and the lessons to be learned about defense and foreign policy in an age  Read more...

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