Defining Moments: The Cuban Missile Crisis

Editor: Hillstrom, Laurie Collier
Publication Year: 2015
Publisher: Omnigraphics, Inc.

Single-User Purchase Price: $54.00
Unlimited-User Purchase Price: $81.00
ISBN: 978-0-7808-1348-9
Category: History - World history
Image Count: 45
Book Status: Available
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Provides users with a detailed and authoritative overview of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the 13-day confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union in October 1962 that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. Includes biographies of principal figures involved in this pivotal episode in U.S. history, primary source documents, and more.

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • How to Use This Book
  • Research Topics for Defining Moments: The Cuban Missile Crisis
  • NARRATIVE OVERVIEW
  • Prologue
  • Chapter 1: The Cold War
  • Chapter 2: The United States and Cuba
  • Chapter 3: The Discovery of Soviet Missiles in Cuba
  • Chapter 4: The World Reaches the Brink of Nuclear War
  • Chapter 5: The Cold War Comes to an End
  • Chapter 6: Legacy of the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • BIOGRAPHIES
  • Rudolf Anderson Jr. (1927-1962) - American Pilot Who Was the Only Combat Casualty of the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Fidel Castro (1926-) - Premier of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Anatoly Dobrynin (1919-2010) - Soviet Ambassador to the U.S. during the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Alexander Feklisov (1914-2007) - Russian Spy Who Proposed a Deal to Resolve the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) - President of the United States during the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968) - U.S. Attorney General and Leader of ExComm
  • Nikita Khrushchev (1891-1971) - Soviet Premier Who Placed Nuclear Missiles in Cuba
  • John McCone (1902-1991) - Director of the CIA during the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Robert S. McNamara (1916-2009) - U.S. Secretary of Defense during the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Ted Sorensen (1928-2010) - Special Counsel and Speechwriter for President Kennedy
  • PRIMARY SOURCES
  • The Soviet Union Vows to Defend Cuba
  • Robert F. Kennedy Describes ExComm Deliberations
  • John F. Kennedy Tells the World about the Missiles
  • Nikita Khrushchev Denounces the U.S. Naval Blockade
  • An Influential Columnist Proposes a Solution
  • Fidel Castro Calls for a Nuclear Strike
  • Khrushchev Sends His Conciliatory “First Letter”
  • Khrushchev Sends His More Aggressive “Second Letter”
  • Kennedy Responds to Khrushchev's Initial Offer
  • Anatoly Dobrynin Worries That Nuclear War Is Imminent
  • Khrushchev Accepts the Deal
  • Kennedy Presents “A Strategy for Peace”
  • The Crisis's Lasting Impact on U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Important People, Places, and Terms
  • Chronology
  • Sources for Further Study
  • Bibliography
  • Photo and Illustration Credits