By Sheldon M. Stern
Based at the author’s authoritative transcriptions of the secretly recorded ExComm conferences, the e-book conveys the emotional environment of the conferences by way of shooting extraordinary moments of hysteria and anger in addition to occasional funny periods. not like modern-day readers, the contributors didn't have the luxurious of figuring out how this very likely catastrophic showdown might prove, and their uncertainty usually offers their discussions the stressful caliber of a fictional mystery. As President Kennedy informed his advisers, “What we're doing is throwing down a card at the desk in a online game which we do not recognize the finishing of.”
Stern records that JFK and his management bore a considerable percentage of the accountability for the situation. Covert operations in Cuba, together with efforts to kill Fidel Castro, had confident Nikita Khrushchev that simply the deployment of nuclear guns may well defend Cuba from approaching assault. despite the fact that, President Kennedy, a professional chilly Warrior in public, was once deeply suspicious of army options to political difficulties and appalled by means of the possibility of nuclear struggle. He always advised coverage makers clear of an apocalyptic nuclear clash, measuring every one stream and countermove with a watch to heading off what he referred to as, with stark eloquence, “the ultimate failure.”
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