The Week the World Stood Still: Inside the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis
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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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David O'Neill
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
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
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
Reads as one long conversation between President Kennedy and his staff and advisors. Gets very tedious at times.
B Kevin
It was interesting, but I found it tedious at times, and found myself skimming through bits.
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