The Cuban Crisis Revisited

The subject was how the U.S. should counter menacing Communist moves on a Caribbean island. The President's advisers were sorely perplexed: every idea they could think of posed the gravest dangers. But in the end they hit on a successful course of action, and a partial record of how it evolved came to light last week. Timed with inadvertent irony as American troops were invading Grenada, the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston released tapes and transcripts of two meetings between J.F.K. and his top aides at the start of the Cuban missile crisis 21 years ago.

That confrontation was immensely more...

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