Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Volumen 10

Norton, 1971 - 184 páginas
"The thirteen days in October 1962 when the United States confronted the Soviet Union in the Caribbean are now a matter of history. But very few people shared the behind-the-scenes story as it has been preserved in this book by the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy. In a clear and simple record, he describes the personalities involved in the crisis, calling particular attention to the actions and attitudes of his brother, President John F. Kennedy. He describes the president's advisers in their working sessions and the daily, even hourly, exchanges between Russian representatives and American. Moreover, he explores the frightening responsibility of two great nations holding the fate of the world in their hands and the moral burden they must bear. Frustration, anger, tension, dignity, and wisdom were all at work as the Cuban missile crisis reached its peak. Robert F. Kennedy has conveyed all of that feeling in his remarkable narrative." -- Back cover

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Robert "Bobby" Kennedy was the seventh of nine children in the wealthy Kennedy family of Massachusetts. When his elder brother John F. Kennedy became President in 1961, Robert was named Attorney General. The brothers had worked together during the campaign, with Robert serving as his brother's campaign manager. Robert Kennedy had been educated at Harvard University, served in the Navy during World War II, and received his law degree from Virginia Law School in 1951. Then he worked in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice in 1951 and 1952, where he helped prosecute corruption and income-tax invasion cases. In the following years he served as congressional investigator for committees on Un-American Activities and on Improper Activities in Labor and Management. In 1961 Kennedy became Attorney General under President John F. Kennedy, and stayed on under President Lyndon B. Johnson. In that position he actively promoted civil rights by prosecuting people who violated the civil rights of minorities. He continued his pursuit of civil rights when he became Senator from New York in 1964. He also worked for antipoverty programs, medicare, and other social programs, and spoke out strongly against escalating involvement in Vietnam. Kennedy set out to campaign for the Democratic nomination for President in the 1968 election. He won five of the six primaries he entered and was becoming a formidable challenger, when Sirhan Sirhan, an Arab immigrant, shot him fatally on June 5, 1968.

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