Thirteen Days Book Report

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When the World Stood Still In October of 1962, the United States got involved in what is known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. This was a very serious and dangerous event for all. The events have been recollected and compiled into Thirteen Days, a memoir written by Robert F. Kennedy. To start off, I am going to summarize the key points throughout the work to give you a strong image of what exactly went on. Next I will analyze and critique some of the views Kennedy has and also will share with you his goal for writing this book. Last, I will share with you my thoughts of the book and give you some info on why I really enjoyed this book.

Let us start by introducing the cast of people that played important roles in the crisis. Without their devotion and hard work, life may have ceased to exist that October.

The key figure in all of this mess would have to be President John F. Kennedy. He lost many nights of sleep over this whole deal, and the fate of the world sat in his hands. In a way, he kept everyone in the entire Ex Comm sane. This Ex Comm group consisted of the author, Robert Kennedy; "Secretary of State, Dean Rusk; Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara; Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John McCone; Secretary of the Treasury Douglas Dillon; President Kennedy's adviser on national-security affairs, McGeorge Bundy; Presidential Counsel Ted Sorensen; Under Secretary of State George Ball; Deputy Under Secretary of State U. Alexis Johnson; General Maxwell Taylor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Edward Martin, Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America; Llewellyn Thompson as the adviser on Russian affairs; Roswell Gilpatric, Deputy Secretary of Defense; Paul Nitze, Assistant Secretary...