Thirteen days is a historical account of the Cuban Missile Crisis. It is told from the perspective of Robert F. Kennedy, senator and brother to President John F. Kennedy. It is an account of the thirteen days in October of 1962. It lasted from the 16th to the 28th. During this time many crucial events in United States.
These thirteen days were the time period in which the fate of the world was decided. The focus of the book was on the decision of both the United States and Russia. The United States had to come to an agreement on what measures would be taken in order to prevent further establishment of Russian missiles in Cuba. No one could really agree on what actions to take "And so we argued, and so we disagreed- all dedicated,
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Though apposed to it Kennedy moved for an air strike. He was very uncomfortable with the idea and he showed this with his remark to the president of "I now know how Tojo felt when he was planning Pearl Harbor."² Robert F. Kennedy decided that the best way to deal with the crisis was to try and secretly negotiate an understanding with the Russians without the approval of Nikita Khrushchev. He began to speak with the Soviet Ambassador, Anatoly Dobrynin and he told him of what the President wanted. The Russian leaders paid close attention to these conversations because Robert F. Kennedy was the President's brother and he was relaying exactly what John F. Kennedy, The President of the United States wanted and was trying to work for. Through these conversations Kennedy was able to work out a deal with Dobrynin and Khrushchev causing the Russians to halt construction of missile sites and remove the missiles from Cuba.
Reading this book has completely changed my view on the Cuban Missile Crisis. I have discussed the topic in my history classes but never knew the true importance of the decisions made during these thirteen days. The events that took place decided the future of the United States of America. Robert F. Kennedy was not only a senator but he was also the second most important player in the ending of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the brother of the President, John F. Kennedy himself. His