One of the giants of American journalism now re-creates an unforgettable time-in which the whole world feared extinction. High Noon in the Cold War captures the Cuban Missile Crisis in a new light, from inside the hearts and minds of the famous men who provoked and, in the nick of time, resolved the confrontation.
Using his personal memories of covering the conflict, and gathering evidence from recent records and new scholarship and testimony, Max Frankel corrects widely held misconceptions about the game of “nuclear chicken” played by John Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev in October 1962, when Soviet missiles were secretly planted in Cuba and aimed at the United States.
High Noon in the Cold War portrays an embattled young American presidentnot jaunty and callow as widely believed, but increasingly calm and statesmanlikeand a Russian ruler who was not only a “wily old peasant” but an insecure belligerent desperate to achieve credibility. Here, too, are forgotten heroes like John McCone, the conservative Republican CIA head whose intuition made him a crucial figure in White House debates.
In detailing the disastrous miscalculations of the two superpowers (the U.S. thought the Soviets would never deploy missiles to Cuba; the Soviets thought the U.S. would have to acquiesce) and how Kennedy and Khrushchev beat back hotheads in their own councils, this fascinating book re-creates the whole story of the scariest encounter of the Cold War, as told by a master reporter.
From the Hardcover edition.
A former New York Times reporter who was there recalls the dramatic standoff, in 1962, between Russia and the United States over the presence of missiles in Cuba. Max Frankel explains the historical context of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and presents portraits of the key players, including Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the advisors on both sides--some who were prone to confrontation, and some who offered wise and perceptive counsel. Drawing on documents and interviews, Frankel, who later rose to the position of executive editor of the Times, considers just how close the world was to a confrontation that crossed the line. He reveals the actual terms of the resolution, some of which were not known to the general public at the time. The Cuban Missile Crisis was an important episode in the Cold War and was a defining moment in the Kennedy presidency. A New York Times Notable Book for 2004.
- United States / General, Military / Nuclear Warfare, Military / United States
- September 27, 2005
- September 27, 2005
- Max Frankel