"One Hell of a Gamble" : Khrushchev, Castro, and Kennedy, 1958-1964

Description

No other book offers this inside look at the strategies of the Soviet leadership. John F. Kennedy did not live to write his memoirs; Fidel Castro will not reveal what he knows; and the records of the Soviet Union have long been sealed from public view: Of the most frightening episode of the Cold War--the Cuban Missile Crisis--we have had an incomplete picture. When did Castro embrace the Soviet Union? What proposals were put before the Kremlin through Kennedy's back-channel diplomacy? How close did we come to nuclear war? These questions have now been answered for the first time. This important and controversial book draws the missing half of the story from secret Soviet archives revealed exclusively by the authors, including the files of Nikita Khrushchev and his leadership circle. Contained in these remarkable documents are the details of over forty secret meetings between Robert Kennedy and his Soviet contact, records of Castro's first solicitation of Soviet favor, and the plans, suspicions, and strategies of Khrushchev. This unique research opportunity has allowed the authors to tell the complete, fascinating, and terrifying story of the most dangerous days of the last half-century.

Details

Author(s)
Aleksandr Fursenko, Timothy J. Naftali
Format
Paperback | 448 pages
Dimensions
157 x 236 x 30mm | 640g
Publication date
31 Jan 2001
Publisher
WW Norton & Co
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
ISBN10
0393317900
ISBN13
9780393317909
Bestsellers rank
413,444