This book is a closely reasoned inquiry into and analysis of the motives, considerations, personalities, and objectives that determine U.S. policy in the Caribbean.
Author: Henry Maximilian Pachter
Category: Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
"Although we live in a world of swiftly moving events, and although many of yesterday's banner headlines are forgotten today, U.S. policy toward Cuba continues to play a major role on the world political scene and remains the subject of lively, at times acrimonious, political debate. Thus Dr. Pachter's provocative hour-by-hour, issue-by-issue recapitulation of the missile crisis of October-November, 1962, constitutes a timely and important chapter in the annals of contemporary history. This book is a closely reasoned inquiry into and analysis of the motives, considerations, personalities, and objectives that determine U.S. policy in the Caribbean. And, perhaps most important, it provides a perspective often lacking in political debate--an examination of American policy in terms of a more general discussion of the forces that govern international power conflicts, the "ground rules" of coexistence that statesmen must observe in order to maintain peace. But the significance of this carefully documented and revealing work goes far beyond the great political debate over Cuba. Dr. Pachter has written, in effect, a classic case study in the international relations of a world poised on the brink of war. In the extensive appendix, the author has compiled the texts of all the documents pertaining to the missile crisis: the historic texts that have defined American policy in Latin America since the Monroe Doctrine; the major statements of Castro, Kennedy, Khrushchev, Mao Tse-tung, U Thant, and Dorticós; and all the diplomatic correspondence and resolutions of October and November, 1962."--Dust jacket.