Nineteen Days : A Memoir Of The Cuban Missile Crisis

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Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis by Robert Kennedy is a book that details those almost fateful 13 days in October of 1962 that could have resulted in the destruction of mankind. Robert Kennedy was the brother of President John F. Kennedy; he served as the United States Attorney General and “closest cabinet advisor and confidant” during JFK’s presidential administration. The book sets out to provide you detail of just how difficult of a decision the president was tasked with regard to the missiles that Russia was placing in Cuba. It details the difficulty that the Executive Committee was tasked with. The decision whether to invade Cuba in a full on air strike or whether they should establish a blockade, preventing the Russians from placing any additional nuclear weapons on Cuban soil.
The book received a new introduction in Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. was born in Columbus, Ohio on October 15, 1917 in Ohio. He was a graduate of Harvard University, class of 1938 at the age of 20. He immediately began work on his thesis, which he completed one year following the completion on his bachelor’s degree. Schlesinger was appointed to the Harvard history department alongside his dad, following the success of his novel The Age of Jackson. During World War II he served in the U.S. governments Office of War Information as. Schlesinger was fairly active in politics, not following much after his father, a well-known historian, of the 1920s and 1930s, at Harvard University.…

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