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The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis: Castro, Mikoyan, Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Missiles of November

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9780804762014

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0804762015
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11/28/2012
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Stanford Univ Pr
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Summary

Based on secret transcripts of top-level diplomacy undertaken by the number-two Soviet leader, Anastas Mikoyan, to settle the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, this book rewrites conventional history. The "missiles of October" and "13 days" were only half the story: the nuclear crisis actually stretched well into November 1962 as the Soviets secretly planned to leave behind in Cuba over 100 tactical nuclear weapons, then reversed themselves because of obstreperous behavior by Fidel Castro. The highly-charged negotiations with the Cuban leadership, who bitterly felt sold out by Soviet concessions to the United States, were led by Mikoyan. Adding personal crisis, Mikoyan's wife of more than 40 years died the day he arrived in Havana, yet he stayed to resolve the crisis through direct talks in Havana, New York, and Washington, amid constant communications with Moscow. The author, Sergo Mikoyan, who served as his father's personal secretary during these travels, vividly recalls how the Soviet relationship with revolutionary Cuba began and how it was shaped by the crisis.

Table of Contents

List of Documentsp. x
Series Prefacep. xiii
Editor's Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xix
List of Frequently Used Abbreviationsp. xxii
Introduction: The Overlooked Crisis between Moscow and Havanap. 1
Why Mikoyan?p. 11
From a Mountain Village to the Kremlinp. 11
The War and the Postwar Issuesp. 17
Avoiding Stalin's Trapsp. 21
De-Stalinization and Khrushchev's Reformsp. 22
Mikoyan's Diplomacyp. 25
Personality and Characterp. 30
The Journey across the Ocean: The Soviet Discovery of Cubap. 39
The Cuban Revolution and the Beginning of U.S.-Cuban Confrontationp. 39
Contours of the New Cubap. 44
Was the Conflict with the United States Inevitable?p. 45
The Early Reformsp. 50
Castro Invites Mikoyanp. 53
Ten Days That Changed the Face of the Hemispherep. 61
Havana, My Lovep. 61
Flying over the Island of Cubap. 65
The Die Is Castp. 69
Meeting with Hemingwayp. 75
Castro's and Mikoyan's Impressions of Our Visitp. 79
Only Forward!p. 83
The Leap Over the Oceanp. 89
How It All Startedp. 89
So Why the Missiles?p. 94
The Nuclear Balancep. 99
Secrecy and Deceptionp. 103
Persuading the Cubansp. 107
What If the Agreement Was Made Public?p. 110
The Secret Is Revealedp. 113
The Outcome That Should Have Been Predictedp. 113
Operation Anadyr: Military Success, Political Trapp. 121
Origins of the Ideap. 121
The Transportation of Troops to Cubap. 124
The Deployment and Cooperation with the Cuban Armed Forcesp. 127
The Submarine Missionp. 136
Open Confrontationp. 138
The Moment of Truthp. 143
The Outcomep. 145
When the World Was Hanging by a Threadp. 147
The Potential Cost of a Misunderstandingp. 147
Mikoyan Flies to Havanap. 155
Deciding in the Kremlinp. 164
Storm Clouds Over Havanap. 173
Havana's Military Aestheticp. 173
War or Peace?p. 176
The Path to Compromisep. 182
An Unacceptable Riskp. 186
The Tragic Start of the Dialogue in Havanap. 191
Mikoyan Face to Face with Fidelp. 195
The Kremlin's Gifts to the White Housep. 195
Mikoyan's First Conversations in Havanap. 202
The Crisis within the Crisisp. 207
The Il-28 Crisisp. 213
Castro Fights for the Nuclear Warheadsp. 223
The Breaking Pointp. 227
Farewell to Havanap. 231
Drawing Conclusions in the United Statesp. 235
Meetings in New Yorkp. 235
The White House: Anastas Mikoyan and John Kennedyp. 242
Meetings with Rusk, Udall, and Robert Kennedyp. 257
Postscript, by Svetlana Savranskayap. 261
Documentsp. 269
Notesp. 565
Indexp. 579
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