A new view of the Cuban missile crisis which argues that JFK's actions faithfully reflected a dominant cold war consensus. Incisive.... Redefines the problems confronting President Kennedy at this most dangerous moment. -Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
Robert Weisbrot teaches American history at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. His writings on society and politics in the 1960s include Freedom Bound, an acclaimed history of the civil rights movement.
Part 1 Rethinking the Cuban Missile Crisis 3 Part 2 Cold War Alarms and the 1960 Campaign 12 Part 3 The New Frontier Under Siege 40 Part 4 "We Just Had to Get Them Out of There": Why Missiles in Cuba Triggered a Crisis 76 Part 5 The Decision to Blockade 111 Part 6 Kennedy's Hidden Concession-to Public Opinion 149 Part 7 Epilogue: the Missile Crisis in Historical Perspective 196 Part 8 Selected Chronology 215 Part 9 Notes 219 Part 10 Index 259