This audiobook exposes the misconceptions, half-truths, and outright lies that have shaped the still dominant but largely mythical version of what happened in the White House during those harrowing two weeks of secret Cuban missile crisis deliberations.
A half-century after the event it is surely time to demonstrate, once and for all, that RFK's Thirteen Days and the personal memoirs of other ExComm members cannot be taken seriously as historically accurate accounts of the ExComm meetings.
"Informed and informative, The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory is a seminal work of impressive scholarship and a highly recommended addition to academic library 20th Century American History reference collections in general, and U.S. – Soviet Union Cold War Studies supplemental reading lists in particular." (The Midwest Book Review)
"The Cuban missile crisis may be the most thoroughly documented yet grossly misunderstood episode in Cold War history, and the value of Sheldon Stern's splendid book is that it punctures the myths and unearths the truth so compellingly, drawing on irrefutable evidence, that you'll never think about the crisis or about JFK and his 'best and brightest' advisers in the same way again." (Fred Kaplan, Slate's "War Stories" columnist; author of 1959 and The Wizards of Armageddon)
“This is a clearly written, timely, and significant contribution to our understanding of the Cuban missile crisis." (Philip Brenner, American University)
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Probably better read than heard
The book is an important update to the self-serving narratives of those present at the EXCOMM meetings during the crisis. Using the actual tape recordings reveals the real truth untainted by politics.
The book is a bit difficult as an audiobook. He does not view the crisis chronologically but by examining the various aspects of each of the participants. He will follow one all the way through and then start anew with another character. it was just a bit difficult for me to keep straight.
I did enjoy the book and found it makes a fine contribution to the story of the crisis.
- J. B. Evans
Disappointing. Author intent to prove point
The book never really got off the ground as either a factual narrative or an historical compilation. The author made repeated references to what other authors did or did not report correctly. Ugh! I am sure there is a real revelation to communicated, but I could not endure the pain long enough to find it.
Tell the story.
The personal ax the author has to grind with other writers about the topic.
- S. Dollens