Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory Myths Versus Reality

ISBN-10: 0804783772
ISBN-13: 9780804783774
Edition: 2012
Authors: Sheldon Stern
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Description: This book 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.  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 9/5/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

This book 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'sThirteen Daysand the personal memoirs of other ExComm members cannot be taken seriously as historically accurate accounts of the ExComm meetings.

Foreword
History: From Reel to Real
The Template: Robert F. Kennedy's Thirteen Days
The Real Robert Kennedy
The Mythmaking of Robert McNamara
The Forgotten Voice of Dean Rusk
The Erratic Expertise of Llewellyn Thompson
The Selective Memory of McGeorge Bundy
The Determined Diplomacy of Adlai Stevenson
The Trollope Ploy Myth
Lyndon Johnson and the Missile Crisis: An Unanticipated Consequence?
Conclusion: Leadership Matters
Epilogue: What If?
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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