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The Week the World Stood Still: Inside the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis

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The Cuban missile crisis was the most dangerous confrontation of the Cold War and the most perilous moment in American history. In this dramatic narrative written especially for students and general readers, Sheldon M. Stern, longtime historian at the John F. Kennedy Library, enables the reader to follow the often harrowing twists and turns of the crisis.

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 18th 2005 by Stanford University Press
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Chuck
Jan 25, 2016 Chuck rated it really liked it
I have read a few books on the Cuban Missle Crisis but this is the first I have read that involves the actual tapes that were recorded at the meetings of the Kennedy Whitehouse. This is an amazing book. The people of the United States did not know at the time how close to nuclear war we really were. You can feel the intensity and stress as you read this book. Truly amazing.
David O'Neill
Mar 28, 2013 David O'Neill rated it really liked it
Good read. I knew a good bit about the crisis already but this book thanks to the fact it's based on real transcripts gives great insight. Hard not to respect Kennedy for what he did in facing down so many hawks in his administration who wanted a more hostile course of action that likely would have ended civilisation as we know it.
David Sam
Nov 21, 2012 David Sam rated it really liked it
The now available White House tape transcripts reveal the real discussions during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Stern allows the principals to speak while giving a narrative context. Shows how Kennedy was not the hard-charging Cold Warrior during these talks, but the voice of reason against those who wanted to bomb away.
Beatríz
Dec 09, 2010 Beatríz rated it really liked it
I now understand the Cold War a little bit better. It was hard understanding how people could be so afraid and it made how people felt scared the world would end real to me. I didn't get that until now.
Mike Brown
Jul 14, 2013 Mike Brown rated it it was ok
Reads as one long conversation between President Kennedy and his staff and advisors. Gets very tedious at times.
B Kevin
May 16, 2013 B Kevin rated it it was ok
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It was interesting, but I found it tedious at times, and found myself skimming through bits.
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