For thirteen terrifying days in October, 1962, leaders from the United States and the Soviet Union brought the world to the brink of potential nuclear disaster as they decided the fate of atomic weapon bases on Cuba.
President Kennedy and his close advisors weighed the options—anything from a "surgical" air strike to a naval blockade of Cuba, with an immediate dismantling of all missiles. The world was stunned upon learning about the situation in Kennedy's nationwide television announcement on October 22. Many feared an all-out war.
This book excerpts speeches, meeting notes, letters, and personal reminiscences of several key players in this ominous situation, including John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev, General Anatoly I. Gribkov, and Robert F. Kennedy. Editor Karl Valois has also included the reactions of citizens Fred Marchion and Juan and Casimira Vazquez, who lived through the crisis in the U. S. and Cuba.