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A new look at one of the pivotal events of the Cold War, packed with new revelations Drawing on newly declassified documents, Defcon–2 offers a fascinating re–examination of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Unlike many books on the topic, it not only covers the fateful "13 days in October," but provides a detailed description of the run–up to the crisis in the Fall of 1962. The authors demonstrate how virulent American antipathy to Castro as well as Cold War gamesmanship fueled the crisis, and they explain how the primary blame for U.S. intelligence failures during the crisis were because of Kennedy administration policies.

Norman Polmar (Alexandria, VA) is a regular commentator on A&E and the Discovery and History Channels and the author of more than 40 books on naval, aviation and intelligence subjects. John D. Gresham (Fairfax, VA) collaborated with Tom Clancy on a bestselling series about the military and is the author of a forthcoming book on U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan.

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