High Noon in the Cold War by Max Frankel
Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Cuban Missile Crisis

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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.
 

About Max Frankel

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MAX FRANKEL is one of America’s preeminent journalists. He worked for The New York Times for fifty years, rising from college correspondent to reporter, Washington bureau chief, editorial page editor, and ultimately executive editor 1986—1994. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of President Nixon’s trip to China in 1972 and is the author of a nationally bestselling memoir, The Times of My Life and My Life with the Times. He lives in New York City.
 
Published September 28, 2004 by Presidio Press. 224 pages
Genres: History, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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An engaging account of those six days in October when it seemed as if the world were coming to an end.

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"It all began with a Russian ploy worthy of the horse at Troy." So begins Frankel's account of the most dangerous moment of the Cold War. In October 1962, two men, Khrushchev and John F

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When India tested three nuclear weapons under its northwestern desert on May 11, 1998, and when Pakistan responded with its own nuclear test, the world may well have been closer to nuclear war than at any time since 1962.

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(This precedent led the Bush administration to its ill-fated decision to seek an "Adlai moment" at the United Nations in February 2003.) ¶In 1962, as in 2003, the president was under intense pressure from some members of his Cabinet to take pre-emptive military action, but, unlike 2003, Presid...

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He was responsible for a risky maneuver in placing missiles in Havana — missiles that were capable of reaching the United States.

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