In tracing the developments of the Cuban Missile Crisis and beyond, this book presents and interprets a heretofore unavailable (and largely unknown) secret speech that Castro delivered to the Cuban leadership in 1968. Blight and Brenner shed new light on Cuban-Soviet relations making Sad and Luminous Days essential not only for Cold-War scholars and historians, but also for anyone intrigued by the drama of the thirteen momentous days in October 1962.
James G. Blight is professor of international relations at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies and is the author or coauthor of more than a dozen books on U.S. foreign policy, including five on the Cuban missile crisis. Philip Brenner is professor of international relations at American University in Washington, DC, and chair of American University's Inter-Disciplinary Council on the Americas. A specialist in U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America, he has been engaged in research about U.S.-Cuban relations since 1974.
Prologue: The Discovery and Meaning of Fidel Castro's Secret Speech Chapter 1: The October Crisis Chapter 2: Fidel Castro's Secret Speech Chapter 3: October/November 1962: The Shadow of the Missile Crisis Descends on Havanna and Moscow Chapter 4: June 1967-August 1968: From the Shadow of the Missile Crisis to the Shadow of the Future Epilogue: Cuba's Struggle with the United States after the Missile Crisis: The Case for Realistic Empathy Appendix A: Chronology of Events: 1963-1968 Appendix B: Text of Letter Dated 15 November from Prime Minister Fidel Castro of Cuba to Acting Secretary General U Thant Appendix C: Speech Given By Major Fidel Castro Ruz, Prime Minister of the Revolutionary Government and First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Analyzing the Events in Czechoslovakia Friday, August 23, 1968-Year of the Hero