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Book review: 'The Fourteenth Day: JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis' by David G. Coleman
Kennedy kept former President Dwight Eisenhower fully informed about the missile crisis, not wanting to be criticized by Ike. But that didn't quiet former Vice President Richard Nixon, known as the attack dog for the Republican party.
Discussions about Nixon and others add spice to the book. Kennedy's strengths, weaknesses — even his quirks — are aired.
Author David G. Coleman, chairman of the Miller Center's Presidential Recordings Program and University of Virginia history professor, is credited with putting readers “in the Oval Office during perhaps the most dramatic foreign policy crisis in America's history.”
Students of American history and the presidency will find much that's beneficial in these pages.
— Dennie Hall