This is a description from the jacket copy of The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House During the Cuban Missile Crisis [973.922 KEN]:
October 1962: 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...The Kennedy Tapes provides the reader with insight into the thought and deliberative processes that went into the decisions that were made by the U.S. government.
High Noon in the Cold War: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Cuban Missile Crisis [327.47 FRA] written by Max Frankel, a journalist who covered the incident, briefly chronicles the events of October 1962.
It was a fascinating time--one worth reading about!
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