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By Aleksandr Fursenko

Based on labeled Soviet information, together with the records of Nikita Khrushchev and the KGB, "One Hell of a Gamble" bargains a riveting play-by-play background of the Cuban missile quandary from American and Soviet views simultaneously.

No different publication bargains this within examine the suggestions of the Soviet management. John F. Kennedy didn't stay to write down his memoirs; Fidel Castro won't display what he understands; and the files of the Soviet Union have lengthy been sealed from public view: Of the main scary episode of the chilly War--the Cuban Missile Crisis--we have had an incomplete photograph. whilst did Castro embody the Soviet Union? What proposals have been placed earlier than the Kremlin via Kennedy's back-channel international relations? How shut did we come to nuclear struggle? those questions have now been spoke back for the 1st time. this significant and arguable e-book attracts the lacking 1/2 the tale from mystery Soviet information printed solely via the authors, together with the records of Nikita Khrushchev and his management circle. Contained in those notable files are the main points of over 40 mystery conferences among Robert Kennedy and his Soviet touch, files of Castro's first solicitation of Soviet desire, and the plans, suspicions, and techniques of Khrushchev. This certain examine chance has allowed the authors to inform the total, interesting, and terrifying tale of the main harmful days of the final half-century.

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Among Castro’s statement and the start of 1962, 13 governments in Latin the USA had damaged relatives with Cuba lower than U. S. strain. those efforts to isolate Cuba looked as if it would verify Khrushchev’s main issue. Moscow had no concept that those tasks constituted the least-secret measurement of the Mongoose crusade; but the Soviet management assumed that anything love it was once possible. On February eight, 1962, weeks sooner than the KGB handed on its delicate document on U. S. army arrangements, the Presidium had grew to become to the query of Cuban protection. It used to be the 1st time considering September 1961 that the Soviet Union’s strongest males had made up our minds to do whatever to assist Castro protect himself. What triggered them used to be a few tremendous worrisome intelligence from a resource even higher than any of these reporting to the KGB. with out ever declaring Mongoose, this resource painted the image of an impatient American president, who had grown to work out little Cuba as a probability to the protection of his regime, and whose coverage towards Fidel Castro had received the features of a private vendetta. The resource for this data was once none except John F. Kennedy himself. within the first week of February, Khrushchev’s son-in-law Aleksei Adzhubei lower back domestic from a long stopover at to the hot global. Adzhubei’s crowning success used to be a freewheeling dialogue with the yankee president in Washington. Adzhubei had already pronounced to the Kremlin on his assembly in a cable despatched January 31; yet as he defined to his partner's father upon returning, Kennedy had made an exceptionally provocative assertion approximately Castro’s Cuba, which in basic terms Khrushchev himself should still see. utilizing the Bolshakov-RFK channel, President Kennedy had invited Adzhubei to fulfill with him. during a talk that ranged throughout the entire details of the U. S. -Soviet confrontation—Laos, Berlin, disarmament—the president raised the difficulty of Cuba. “The Cuban question,” Kennedy stated, “will be selected Cuba, and never by means of the involvement of outsiders. ” “And what approximately Punta del Este? ” Adzhubei requested, pertaining to the U. S. -led stream to expel Cuba from the association of yank States. “The humans of the U.S. have been very involved that Cuba turned our enemy. you are concerned approximately having opposed acquaintances, and so are we. yet, to copy, the Cuban affair might be selected Cuba. ” “But there is still a chance to Cuba,” Adzhubei countered. “I already informed N. S. Khrushchev that I contemplate the invasion which took place—a mistake; although we won't fail to keep on with the advance of occasions on Cuba. you're additionally no longer detached to occasions in Finland, for instance. ” Adzhubei famous that the dialogue used to be “difficult for the president. ” In a second of indiscretion, Kennedy published that he anticipated Castro to be an electoral factor in 1964: “If I run for reelection and the Cuban query continues to be because it is—then Cuba stands out as the major challenge of the crusade, [and] we are going to need to do whatever. ”12 If this have been all that Kennedy stated, the Kremlin will possibly not have reassessed its aid for Cuba in February 1962.

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