This is a great account of perhaps the most important set of decisions of the 20th century by a man who deserves much of the credit. In addition to the obvious suspense and historical value, this account also revealed a number of facinating things: The senseless pressure from the military to bomb; a surprising emotional offer by Kruschev to back out of Cuba; evidence of confused messages from the Soviets who were confused themselves; Kennedy's unpopular but wise decisions to buy time for Kruschev to avoid a direct confrontation; RFK's staunch opposition to a surprise attack, because "it is against everything that the United States stands for." This event took place long before I was born, yet I look at these events with some envy. We seem today to lack this kind of moral and measured decisionmaking in international affairs. I've written enough. This book is short, cheap, and powerful -- Get it. "The great tragedy was that, if we erred, we erred not only for ourselves, our futures, our hopes, and our country, but for the lives, futures, hopes, and countries of those who had never been given an opportunity to play a role, to vote aye or nay, to make themselves felt."