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Talk at the Brink: Deliberation and Decision during the Cuban Missile Crisis

David R. Gibson


In October 1962, the fate of the world hung on the American response to the discovery of Soviet nuclear missile sites in Cuba. That response was informed by hours of discussions between John F. Kennedy and his top advisers. What those advisers did not know was that President Kennedy was secretly taping their talks, providing future scholars with a rare inside look at high-level political deliberation in a moment of crisis. This is the first book to examine these historic audio recordings from a sociological perspective. It reveals how conversational practices and dynamics shaped Kennedy's perc ... More

Keywords: nuclear missiles, Cuba, Soviet missiles, John F. Kennedy, crisis talks, Cuban missile crisis, decision making, deliberation, social interaction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691151311
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151311.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David R. Gibson, author
University of Pennsylvania