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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Perry Mason Fan
The author, former director of the Kennedy Library and best historian of the Cuban Missile Crisis, actually listened to the JFK tapes, and you can, too. JFK had A taping system that only he and RFK (and aides who operated the taping system) knew about. The tapes are now public and you can listen to them online. They show that all the movie and TV versions, RFK's book, and McNamara Fog of War documentary are all wrong.
We escaped total nuclear war by sheer luck and the courage of one man. That man was JFK. No one else. In the end, he revoked the standing order to bomb Cuba if a plane was shot down. This angered LeMay, who was ready to launch the attack. Everyone ... Everyone else in the executive committee wanted to launch the attack. What no one knew, because the CIA provided faulty intelligence, was the The Soviets had warheads in Cuba ready to put on the missiles, AND had tactical nuclear weapons in Cuba, Khrushchev had transferred authority to use the tactical to his generals on the ground if Kennedy bombed Cuba.
The Russian generals had already decided that, if Cuba was bombed, they would use the tacticals to attack and capture Guantanamo Bay.v. 9,500 American military would have died. There would have been no turning back from total nuclear war.
>There is much, much more in this book. Almost no speculation, since the author has the tapes and interviews with all the American, Soviet, and Cuban senior officials.
>Do you think you know who blinked? Do you think JFK might have lied to Eisenhower and Truman about the outcome? In the end, who did Khrushchev fear and distrust the most - Kennedy or Castro? Can you guess why?
The author gives the website where you can listen to the tapes yourself for free.
The Company A Novel Of The CIA (which is 90% fact) by Robert Littel. Command and Control about all the incidents where we almost blew ourselves up and almost went to nuclear war by accident or misinformation. Untold History by Oliver Stone and others (10 videos on Amazon Instant Video or DVD. A 30 hour audio book on Audible. The print and Kindle books won't be out until this fall.).
For the history that is wrong, but entertaining, try Thirteen Days by Robert Kennedy, the movie with Kevin Costner, and the documentary, The Fog of War. You might also enjoy the right wing book Brothers In Arms. Very entertaining, but often wrong on the facts.
Everything You Know Is Proved Wrong. Or. We Survived By The Skin Of Our Teeth.
Listen to the tapes free online. As scary as any horror movie. Also, you won't believe how smart all these people were. Even then, all except one got it wrong.
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