The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory: Myths Versus Reality

  • by Sheldon Stern
  • Narrated by Robert J. Eckrich
  • 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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This is not a historical or well ordered recount of the Cuban missile crisis, it is more a recount of how all the other authors on the subject were wrong and this author is correct. This is not a good or easy to listen to audio book.

It may have made a good academic paper within a series on the subject but the book doesn't not stand on its own.
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- Chris Tech

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-09-2013
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks