Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis #2020

Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis Robert F. Kennedy Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Thirteen Days A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis During the thirteen days in October when the United States confronted the Soviet Union over its installation of missiles in Cuba few people shared the behind the scenes story as it is told here

  • Title: Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Author: Robert F. Kennedy Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780393318340
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Paperback
  • Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis Robert F. Kennedy Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. During the thirteen days in October 1962 when the United States confronted the Soviet Union over its installation of missiles in Cuba, few people shared the behind the scenes story as it is told here by the late Senator Robert F Kennedy In this unique account, he describes each of the participants during the sometimes hour to hour negotiations, with particular attentionDuring the thirteen days in October 1962 when the United States confronted the Soviet Union over its installation of missiles in Cuba, few people shared the behind the scenes story as it is told here by the late Senator Robert F Kennedy In this unique account, he describes each of the participants during the sometimes hour to hour negotiations, with particular attention to the actions and views of his brother, President John F Kennedy In a new foreword, the distinguished historian and Kennedy adviser Arthur Schlesinger, Jr discusses the book s enduring importance and the significance of new information about the crisis that has come to light, especially from the Soviet Union.
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    1. Between the end of the high school and the time I became active on , I did not read a lot of classics That encompasses many years when the majority of my reading was basic kids books that I read to my kids, mysteries that did not require much thinking on my part, and the same few favorite books over and over again One reason is because I resented the required reading foisted upon me by English and history teachers who, while they had the best of intentions, did not necessarily choose books that [...]

    2. Robert Kennedy, as both brother and Attorney General to President John Kennedy, does a masterful job of explaining the US Administration s internal deliberations and decisions during the Cuban missile crisis Many members of my generation do not, perhaps, understand the gravity of the situation, and how a 45 year old president was able to calmly deliberate on the facts, assemble an Executive Committee full of experience, ability and deliberative dissent, and make a decision that protected the wor [...]

    3. I was in Kindergarten in October of 1962 and have vague memories of drills where we had to get under our desks, but my only real memories of President Kennedy are of his funeral the following year This insider s view of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the President s approach to it is eye opening Robert Kennedy details how the situation came to light, what was done, communications with the Soviet Union and other countries, and how the decision making process worked It was of course a complex and se [...]

    4. This book was astonishing in its revelations about the inside discussions, arguments and second thoughts by a disparate group of advisors set up by President Kennedy when he suddenly learned that nuclear missiles were being set up in Cuba The author, his brother and Attorney General had an inside seat at the table His writing is clear, modest and forthright This book is worth reading for any student of politics or history, or anyone who lived through those frightening days Unlike some recent pre [...]

    5. Lots of gems here the candid letter Khrushchev sends Kennedy without consulting his advisors, how JFK swims before a meeting to decide whether to take military action or precede with a quarantine, how Bobby Kennedy takes his girls to a horse show while waiting for the Soviets to response to a critical letter, the chapter titles that echo the opening lines of each chapter like poems More politicians should write chronicles of world events like this.

    6. RFK takes you behind closed doorsd you will be shocked how very close this situation almost turned into WW III.

    7. I m still debating if I should keep it at 3 stars or give it 4 for historical purposes as a first person account.I very much enjoyed this memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis told from the point of view of, then, Attorney General Bobby Kennedy While it is really short, partly b c Bobby didn t have time to add content to it before he was assassinated it was released post mortem , I still liked getting the information from someone who was actively engaged in discussions about how to defuse the situ [...]

    8. This may be a small book, but it s by no means little It s an insider view on the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the edition I have from 1999 offers what you d call very good bonus material if this was a DVD there s a recent ish forword by Arthur Schlesinger jr putting the crisis into perspective years after the Cold War ended there s a detailed afterword on JFK s crisis management, there s a documents section packed with JFK s adresses and writings on the matter as well as Khrushchev s letters plus [...]

    9. I love the idea of this book a very short memoir about a specific very frightening time written by someone who was there Its a snapshot into 13 very scary days of American history It was very exciting and educational I particularly enjoyed the forward afterward, which were written by historians and gave good context to RFK s account It was also great that they included transcripts of speeches and letters written by JFK and Krushchev This book made me so immensely relieved that I do not want to b [...]

    10. I love RFK s memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis a raw, emotional retelling of what occurred in those thirteen days Used originally as pure research, I reread this book a few times after my theses used this twice for different papers, one a full thesis, the other a grad school final RFK gives an excellent account of what was occurring behind the scenes and how various parties felt during the crisis An excellent, quick, easy read.

    11. This is the account of the Cuban Missile Crisis from Robert Kennedy who was a crucial member of the team assembled to deal with the crisis and whose opinion was obviously highly regarded by his brother His statement that within a few minutes of their the missiles being fired eighly million Americans would be dead was chilling to me as I was a child of 10 at the time and lived in the Southeast so it was quite likely that I would have been one of the victims He goes on to say that if the tactical [...]

    12. This is a book I ve been wanting to read for a long time and only recently got around to it Let me start my review by noting that I love JFK I love RFK I love all things Kennedy It was only natural for me to love this book.The book was a simple narrative There was not much commentary by Bobby He simply outlined what transpired behind closed doors during the Cuban Missile Crisis He never judged anyone s opinions, but simply stated the importance of having all of those people involved in the decis [...]

    13. I ll admit, the movie Thirteen Days has been a favorite of mine for a long time, and a big reason why I picked up this book, was to see just how historically accurate the film really was I was pleasantly surprised One reason why I changed my review from 4 stars to 5 stars is, when I was thinking of what to write in my review, I realized just how truly insightful the book was If you ve seen the film adaptation or even, you know, LIVED through the Cuban Missile Crisis , then you know what happens [...]

    14. Robert Kennedy describes in detail the many sides of the political, strategic and moral discussions held that ultimately led to the decision that could only be made by President Kennedy himself Kennedy s steadfastness to protect not only the citizens of the United States, but humanity itself from the catastrophic devastation that would result from the final confrontation with Cuba and the Soviet Socialist Republic and which was opposed by the Chiefs of Staff displays not only his genius but abso [...]

    15. I have participated in two wars and know that war ends when it has rolled through cities and villages, everywhere sowing death and destructionMr President, we and you ought not now to pull on the ends of the rope in which you have tied the knot of war, because the the two of us pull, the tighter that knot will be tied And a moment may come when that knot will be tied so tight that even he who tied it will not have the strength to untie it, and then it will be necessary to cut that knot, and wha [...]

    16. A magnificent retelling of the events that transpired over the course of those thirteen days in October of 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis The Cuban Missile Crisis had the world on the brink of nuclear devastation, with tensions reaching an all time high upon the United States learning of the Soviet Unions placement of ballistic missiles in Cuba Being a witness and key participant of EXCOMM Executive Committee of the National Security Council , Robert F Kennedy shares with us the discussion [...]

    17. I enjoyed this insider s recollection of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis as largely told from RFK with a length afterword by political scientists Richard E Neustadt and Graham T Allison RFK was assassinated before his manuscript was complete and, to be sure, he could not have been completely forthcoming in 1968 Still, it is riveting tale of how close we came to nuclear war Also here in the appendices is relevant documents including JFK pronouncements and correspondence between the President and Kh [...]

    18. I was 6 when all of this went down and I never understood what happened Since I am heading to Cuba in November, I want to be able to get a sense of their history This was a fascinating look back.

    19. As a Cold War enthusiast, it was shameful that I d never read this particular account of the Cuban Missile Crisis I also couldn t help but wonder how it would have all turned out if Kennedy and Khrushchev had Twitter nuclearwinter

    20. A well articulated account of the humility, pragmatism, wisdom, and collaboration that went into the Kennedy administration s actions during the Cuban Missile Crisis Especially relevant in light of our current and irrational administration.

    21. 13 days is a great book about the Cuban Missile Crisis written by the brother, and right hand, of the President Here are 13 things that Thirteen days can teach you about leadership spoilers ahead 1 Challenge assumptions business orthodoxy despite having an extensive intelligence network the US had failed to believe some tips that the Russians were putting nuclear missiles into Cuba 2 Do not rush to judgment Robert Kennedy was surprised that despite the intelligence and experience of the group di [...]

    22. Robert F Kennedy s book on the Cuban Missile Crisis describes the actions at the highest levels of the American government during October of 1962 The memoir history is well written, though I wouldn t call it a comprehensive document of the entire episode More than anything, the book is terrifying at almost any moment during the crisis, millions of human beings around the world could have been vaporized without notice Reading Thirteen Days, one asks oneself repeatedly how the current President or [...]

    23. RFK s memoir is a must read for political scientists who focus on decision making theories, historians interested in the Cuban Missile Crisis, and for any other individual interested in the Cuban Missile crisis for that matter The work is extremely brief but nonetheless very inclusive of all the relevant steps to that lead to the decision of how to respond, the details of the response, and the immediate aftermath The work provides the reader with a near complete analysis of who favored what cour [...]

    24. This was a short, but very clear and terrifying account of what actually went on in Washington during the Cuban missile crisis President Kennedy was determined to have the Soviet missiles removed peaceably and set out to do so by creating a group of advisors called Ex Comm This team was guided by Kennedy s admonition to give Khrushchev every opportunity to back down as possible And during these days on the brink of nuclear war these were some key factors some on the Ex Comm team advocated invadi [...]

    25. This short a little over one hundred pages book is Robert Kennedy s telling of the Cuban Missle Crisis If you want to investigate this crisis in depth, start here to get background only and then move to other sources Robert, of course, was not going to criticize his brother Additionally, since it was written pretty soon after the crisis, he had no access to revelations which may have been discovered later What Robert is doing is giving a sequential presentation of when his brother that s Preside [...]

    26. Thirteen Days offers us a new insight about the Cuban Missile Crisis, about the courage of President John F Kennedy during this particular time, and the great amount of thought put into the process of avoiding a nuclear armageddon.I find, that 52 years after this crisis, people in America, in Russia, and around the world undermine the crucial days in October 1962 that may have led to their nonexistence today We forget the significance of the leadership done by JFK during these days to protect th [...]

    27. Thirteen Days really surprised me, I didn t go into the book with any expectations After having read it I would call it anything less than an excellent first hand source Robert Kennedy has a great writing style for narrative that he s working with The book was a very fast read, I actually got through it in a single day across two sittings Part of what helped is how fluidly Kennedy writes, it really lends itself to effortless reading That fast reading pace manages to perfectly capture the chaotic [...]

    28. Cogent, spare, personal Obviously offers insights only someone as close to the President and the situation could make, but these insights are layered and revealing beyond the scope of the CMC More than once I thought what kind of President would RFK have made reading his direct and sensitive recounting of the actions taken those thirteen days The clarity of his prose and recollection is startling and enlightening I knew about the CMC but as an idea Now I understand so much of the CMC at its hea [...]

    29. Thirteen Days A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis is a short but intense read Robert F Kennedy s firsthand account of the Cuban Missile Crisis explores the correspondence and negotiations with Nikita Khrushchev, the internal dealings of President Kennedy and the members of the Ex Comm including Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and Secretary of State Dean Rusk , the interactions and dealings with international bodies such as NATO and the United Nations, and just how close we were to the brin [...]

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