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On The Brink: Americans And Soviets Reexamine The Cuban Missile Crisis
On The Brink: Americans And Soviets Reexamine The Cuban Missile Crisis
By James G. Blight and David A. Welch
Hill & Wang, 1989, 400 pp.

This valuable book contains the transcripts of several recent oral history sessions by American policymakers and scholars concerning the Cuban missile crisis (McNamara, Bundy, Sorensen, Nye, Neustadt and others) among themselves and with Soviet authorities who were close to the center of power in 1962. The authors supplement the group transcripts with interviews and their own analyses. Here we have an outstanding example of a new and unprecedented Soviet-American willingness to explore past crises together and with candor, a hopeful omen for still better histories and warmer political-intellectual relations to come.