Eight essays on the crisis, based more or less on information that has become available in the past five years, especially on the Soviet side, at various conferences held around the world. The best essays are by Raymond Garthoff, who does a superb summary, and Barton Bernstein, whose essay takes up nearly one-third of the book. Bernstein concludes that John F. Kennedy was more willing to compromise, more reasonable, than we ever knew. In the American case the new information is based on new documentation and contemporary tape recordings; on the Soviet side only on statements by Soviet participants at the conferences.
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