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The Fourteenth Day: JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis: Based on the Secret White House Tapes

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  73 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Popular history marks October 28, 1962, as the end of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Yet as JFK’s secretly recorded White House tapes reveal, the aftermath of the crisis was a political and diplomatic minefield. The president had to push hard to get Khrushchev to remove Soviet weaponry from Cuba without reigniting the volatile situation, while also tackling midterm elections an ...more
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Published October 8th 2012 by W. W. Norton Company
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Peter Mcloughlin
Very detailed view of the Kennedy Administrations deescalation of tensions following one of the most dangerous moments in the last 70 years. The famous thirteen days did not completely sort out what was to come next once annihilation was avoid. The real work of taking some of the danger out of the volatile cold war dynamics had to be worked out. This book covers what things looked like from the cockpit of the White House and how our brush with World War III be handled and how the superpowers to ...more
Robert Melnyk
Interesting book about the Cuban Missile Crisis. Much of what was in the book I already knew, but there was a lot about what went on in the weeks and months after the crisis ended that I did not know as much about.
Edward Sullivan
An informative and insightful look at how the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis impacted Kennedy administration policies and U.S.-Soviet relations.
Feb 19, 2013 Steve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not bad and informative...but dry, dry, dry! Like reading a text book.
Sean O'Hara
Most histories of the Cuban Missile Crisis end with Khrushchev agreeing to withdraw the missiles, then gloss over aftermath. The book looks at the diplomatic wrangling that was necessary to actually ensure the missiles were gone. Unfortunately, this requires so much backfilling that the author might as well have written a history of the Crisis that just spends a little extra time on the denouement.
Don LaFountaine
This was a pretty good book detailing the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis from the Kennedy Administration point of view. Though the book is titles "The Fourteenth Day", it covers the immediate 3+ months after Khrushchev agreed to pull the missiles out of Cuba.

Starting with the October 29th, the author discusses a number of issues that faced the administration and the American people. Detailed in the book are the discussions that were had about verifying that the missiles would be removed.
Jan 19, 2013 Socraticgadfly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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What happened after the Cuban Missile Crisis was allegedly over?

David Coleman, using recently released Kennedy White House tapes, talks about issues that started with the 14th day after he first informed the US public of Soviet missiles in Cuba. That includes verifying the Soviets were removing stuff, trying to nail down agreement with them on just what constituted "offensive weapons" and more.

Meanwhile, Coleman reminds us (sorry, "Camelot" mythologists) that Kennedy's approval rating, while sti
Oct 31, 2012 Philip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most everyone has heard something of the 13 days in October 1962. But the Fourteenth day was the day Kennedy realized he needed to verify that the Soviets were actually removing missiles (and other weapons) from Cuba. This turned out to include very big risks also. Recently released/analyzed Kennedy recordings help fill in the story.
Khrushchev worried about Castro's erratic behavior particularly his orders to "shoot down surveillance planes". The Soviets would defend Cuba but not risk war with t
Coleman's argument - that the way in which JFK used the Cuban Missile Crisis to define his presidency was as important as the way in which he dealt with the crisis itself - is a compelling in one. It is a good reminder that in the direct aftermath the interpretation was up for grabs and that the narrative we accept as "the truth" was contested at the time. The treatment of the relationship between the Kennedys and the press was especially interesting to me, as was the willingness of the Administ ...more
Mike Gabor
Mar 26, 2013 Mike Gabor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book deals with the time frame right after the Cuban Missile Crisis ended. It tells us how Kennedy was able to get the Soviets to remove some bombers that were in Cuba at the time along with the missles,how we were able to verify that the Soviets were indeed removing the missiles, his attempt to streamline the intelligence agencies also, his attempt to manage the press.

This book covers a period of his pesidency that isn't talked about much in other books. It's a short book, very simple to r
Sean Asbury
The cover and description are quite misleading, especially compared to other books that are actually based on the Whitehouse tapes. This books has about 2 total pages of transcript and the rest could have been condensed in to a really good college research paper - not a 200+ page hardback book.
Very intriguing but could have been condensed. Lost drive to finish toward the middle. Too slowly paced.
Jim Cullison
A solidly written, surprisingly informative history of the Kennedy Administration during a pivotal moment in U.S. history. Brief and well-supported, it is a quick read.
May 31, 2013 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book - just not in a subject area I'm particularly knowledgeable about, so some of the finer points were lost on me.
Peter N.
not much really new here
Jan 29, 2013 Someguyfromcrowd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short and effective read. Not too much else to say- I'd definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the time period.
Kevin Hughlett
Sep 01, 2014 Kevin Hughlett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enlightening. I like the use of the recordings, and declassified Soviet documents. Highly recommend for any Kennedy buffs.
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