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Abyss: The Cuban Missile Crisis 1962

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Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, and their top-level advisers, and expertly mines archival records to recreate the contemporaneous rationale for their decision-making, even when it looks foolish or reckless in hindsight. Hastings has cleverly woven the story together from all sides, most interestingly from little-known Cuban sources previously unused in American, Russian or European accounts. The USSR and USA scene-setting chapters are much more than a rehash of well-known material; the two chapters abound with new material, pen-pictures and insights. The opening chapters start with a description of the Bay of Pigs fiasco and continue with the risen to power of Castro, describing the love - hate relationships many Cubans felt towards the USA and the quasi-colonial actions and behaviours of the US Government and many businesses towards Cuba and its citizens.

To access your ebook(s) after purchasing, you can download the free Glose app or read instantly on your browser by logging into Glose. Channels of communication between Washington and Moscow were slow and unreliable, as were those between the Kremlin and the Soviet forces in Cuba.But her hardworking father hardly speaks a word, while her unhappy mother spends her days reading celebrity lifestyle magazines, tending to her enormous collection of plants, and filling Claudia’s head with stories about women who end their lives in tragic ways.

In his long, distinguished career, Hastings has masterfully covered both world wars, the Korean War, and Vietnam. Aware of Russian shipments arriving in Cuba, Kennedy’s administration assumed that these contained conventional weapons until overflights photographed nuclear missile sites. Then an interloper arrives, disturbing the delicate balance of family life, and Claudia’s world starts falling apart.

Claudia is an impressionable eight-year-old girl, trying to understand the world through the eyes of the adults around her. Aided by the recording system Kennedy had installed in the White House, we are given a first hand account of the manner in which Kennedy establish his ExComm team and the masterly way in which he balanced the views and recommendations of the very hawkish advisors, especially Curtis LeMay and others in the US military , against the pacifist recommendations of some diplomats and seasoned policy experts. The answers to these questions are revealed in “PICTURES OF THE ABYSS”, a new photographic coffee-table style book by Andrew Firth. I'm giving it four-and-a-half stars: this is because IMO it is a brilliant treatment of the political and world-context aspects of the Cuban crisis, but a bit less stellar in the technical and temporal aspects of how the events of the 'Thirteen Days' unfolded.

Replete with astute characterizations of participants in the crisis, Hastings' able account registers the peril humanity then faced and still faces in a world of competitive, nuclear-armed countries.In subtle and brilliant prose, in which nature connects us with the symbolic possibilities of literature, the abysses are both real and intimate.

Although the sequence of events is now in the public domain, Hastings manages to convey well the tension of the times as well as describing some close-run events which were not public knowledge for some time but could have triggered the escalation most people feared. If you love clever but unsettling stories that will leave you thinking about them long after you’ve closed the book, you need to check out the works of D K Broster. There are several actions that could trigger this block including submitting a certain word or phrase, a SQL command or malformed data.Zeno's travels take him from his native Bruges as far away as the court of Gustav Vasa, whose ill-fated son Erik he tutors and attempts to admonish, to the Louvre of Queen Catherine where he encounters the poisoner Cosimo Ruggeri, and also to the lands of the Ottoman Empire, for whose navy he designs a rudimentary flamethrower.

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