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Books About The Cuban Missile Crisis
A Short List

Sad and Luminous Days: Cuba's Struggle with the Superpowers after the Missile Crisis

Bowman & Littlefield Publishers

James G. Blight and Philip Brenner

A well-researched account of Cuba's struggles with the superpowers after the Missile Crisis of 1962. Here you can also read Castro secret speech to Cuba's Communist Party leadership in 1968.


Cuba on the Brink: Castro, the Missile Crisis, and the Soviet Collapse

Pantheon Books

James G. Blight, Bruce J. Allyn & David A. Welch

A good place to find Cuba's point of view on the crisis and relations with the Superpowers.


The Kennedys and Cuba: The Declassified Documentary History

Ivan R. Dee

Edited with commentary by Mark J. White

Lots of recently declassified memos and official notes from meetings and discussions on topics ranging from Operation Mongoose, the Missile Crisis, Bay of Pigs, and more.


A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House

Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

I can't believe this one's out of print. A shame. You may still be able to find it at better public libraries.


Cuba or the Pursuit of Freedom

Hugh Thomas

A big, fat, sturdy paperback, well written and researched.


One Hell of a Gamble: Khrushchev,Castro, and Kennedy, 1958-64

W.W. Norton & Co.

Aleksandr Fursenko and Timothy Naftali

A great book that tries to tell a two-sided, often three-sided story. Much more complete than anything else available before.


The Crisis Years

Harper Collins

Michael Beschloss



Harper & Row

Theodore C. Sorensen, Special Counsel to the Late president


Robert Kennedy and His Times

Houghton Mifflin Company

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.


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