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The Resource The Kennedy tapes : inside the White House during the Cuban missile crisis, edited by Ernest R. May and Philip D. Zelikow

The Kennedy tapes : inside the White House during the Cuban missile crisis, edited by Ernest R. May and Philip D. Zelikow

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The Kennedy tapes : inside the White House during the Cuban missile crisis
Title
The Kennedy tapes
Title remainder
inside the White House during the Cuban missile crisis
Statement of responsibility
edited by Ernest R. May and Philip D. Zelikow
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eng
Summary
The United States and the Soviet Union stood eyeball to eyeball, each brandishing enough nuclear weapons to obliterate each other's civilization. It was one of the most dangerous moments in world history. Day by day, for two weeks, an executive committee formed around elements of President Kennedy's National Security Council debated what to do, twice coming to the brink of attacking Soviet military units in Cuba - units equipped for nuclear retaliation. And through it all, unknown to any of the participants except the President himself - and possibly his brother Robert - tape was rolling, capturing for posterity the deliberations that might have ended the world as we know it. These are the full and authenticated transcripts of those audio recordings. Arguably the most important document in the history of the Cuban missile crisis, these transcripts are also a unique window on a drama rarely if ever witnessed by those outside the halls of power: the moment-by-moment decision-making of those with the fate of the West in their hands in a constantly changing, world-threatening situation. At the center of it all is President Kennedy, wary of experts after the debacle of the Bay of Pigs, puzzled and distrustful after confrontation with Khrushchev in Vienna over Berlin, and ever mindful of the responsibility symbolized by the satchel his military aides hold nearby, containing the codes to unleash nuclear warfare. Other participants in the deliberations are identified and put securely into their context by the editors, whose introduction illuminates this singular crisis in a framework spanning several administrations and whose conclusions, incorporating Khrushchev's thinking, show this to be the climax of the Cold War
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DLC
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illustrations
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index present
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non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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The Kennedy tapes : inside the White House during the Cuban missile crisis, edited by Ernest R. May and Philip D. Zelikow
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 703-716) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm36705810
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 728 pages
Isbn
9780674179264
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97014216
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The Kennedy tapes : inside the White House during the Cuban missile crisis, edited by Ernest R. May and Philip D. Zelikow
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 703-716) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm36705810
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 728 pages
Isbn
9780674179264
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97014216
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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