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The Kennedys and Cuba : the declassified documentary history
White, Mark J.
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Chicago : I.R. Dee, 1999.
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xviii, 356 pages ; 25 cm
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This is an absorbing record of John and Robert Kennedy''s obsession with the Cuban regime of Fidel Castro. White has constructed a unique history of the crisis by drawing on declassified documents and adding his own connective narrative.'

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Booklist Review

Two events involving Cuba stand out in the brief Kennedy presidency: the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 and the Cuban missile crisis in October 1962. However, Cuba was a major issue in the 1960 election, and "getting tough" with Castro was a major theme of the president and his brother Bobby, as campaign manager and then attorney general. White, a University of London historian who did graduate work in the U.S., has written two books on the missile crisis, so he is well positioned to edit this documentary collection on U.S.-Cuba relations from the day before Kennedy's inauguration until a few days after his assassination. Most documents are drawn from the JFK library, the State Department's Foreign Relations publications, JFK's public papers, recently unearthed documents from Russian archives, and material released by the Assassination Records Review Board. Not an easy read, but full of fascinating information. In light of the current debate about future U.S.-Cuba relations, White's collection should prove valuable. --Mary Carroll

Choice Review

Historian White and I.R. Dee press believe that readers of history have an insatiable appetite for books on President Kennedy and his presidency in general and the Cuban Missile Crisis in particular. White alone has previously published one book on Kennedy and two on the Cuban missile crisis. The acceleration of the declassification of archives following the end of the Cold War, in the US and in the former Soviet Union and elsewhere, added impetus to this phenomenon. In addition to the appearance of important new monographs and the relevant volumes in the foreign relations series published by the State Department Historical Office, within the last decade the National Security Archive and the Central Intelligence Agency published collections of documents on the 1962 crisis. Then came the magisterial The Kennedy Tapes, ed. by Ernest R. May and Philip D. Zelikow (CH, Feb'98). Although White's premise that an audience exists for The Kennedys and Cuba may be right, this "documentary history" adds little to the extant literature. Most of the documents have already been published, and the few that have not, such as those from Kennedy Assassination Review Board, are unidentified and of marginal value. The brief introduction is disappointing. Nevertheless, the volume is well organized and manageable, and should prove useful for students and challenging for enthusiasts of history. R. H. Immerman; Temple University

Table of Contents

Leading Figures Mentioned in the Textp. xi
Abbreviations Used in the Textp. xvii
Introductionp. 3
Part 1. The Bay of Pigsp. 13
Part 2. Operation Mongoosep. 71
Part 3. Before the Storm: Autumn 1962p. 133
Part 4. The Missile Crisisp. 169
Part 5. Loose Endsp. 249
Part 6. 1963: Old Tactics, New Approachesp. 301
Indexp. 345
Sourcesp. 357