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Averting 'the final failure' : John F. Kennedy and the secret Cuban Missile Crisis meetings

Author: Sheldon M Stern
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2004.
Series: Stanford nuclear age series.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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The Cuban missile crisis was the most dangerous confrontation of the Cold War and the most perilous moment in human history. [In this book, the author] presents [an] account of the secret ExComm meetings, making the inside story of the missile crisis completely understandable to general readers for the first time. [He] provides readers with a running commentary on the issues and options discussed and enables them,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: John F Kennedy; John F Kennedy
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Sheldon M Stern
OCLC Number: 56997103
Notes: Originally published: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©2003.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: JFK Cuban missile crisis tapes: Listening to the JFK tapes; Origins of the JFK tapes; Opening the JFK tapes; Historical value of the JFK tapes --
Introduction, the making of the Cuban missile crisis: Cold War, JFK's crucible; Nuclear confrontation in Cuba; Kennedy paradox; Key members of the executive committee of the national security council --
Secret meetings of the executive committee of the national security council --
Epilogue, the November post-crisis --
Conclusion, listening and learning: Insights from the JFK ExComm tapes.
Series Title: Stanford nuclear age series.
Responsibility: Sheldon M. Stern.

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The Cuban missile crisis was the most dangerous confrontation of the Cold War and the most perilous moment in human history. [In this book, the author] presents [an] account of the secret ExComm meetings, making the inside story of the missile crisis completely understandable to general readers for the first time. [He] provides readers with a running commentary on the issues and options discussed and enables them, as never before, to follow specific themes and the role of individual participants. The narrative highlights key moments of stress, doubt, decision, and resolution--and even humor and makes the meetings comprehensible both to readers who lived through the crisis and to those too young to remember the Cold War. [He also] demonstrates that JFK, a seasoned Cold Warrior who bore some of the responsibility for precipitating the crisis, consistently steered policy makers away from an apocalyptic nuclear conflict, which he called, with stark eloquence, "the final failure."--Jacket.

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