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Book review: 'The Fourteenth Day: JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis' by David G. Coleman

The United States put crippling fear aside when the Soviets blinked in the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962, but the fat lady hadn't sung. We know the rest of the story with the publication of “The Fourteenth Day: JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis” by David G. Coleman.
BY DENNIE HALL Published: November 11, 2012

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