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Cuban Missile Crisis explored at JFK Library

Huddled in the White House during 13 days in October 1962, President John F. Kennedy and his startled ­advisers confronted sensational evidence of Soviet ­nuclear missiles in Cuba, only 90 miles from the US mainland.

In the forceful, focused tones of people long familiar with decisionmaking in business, politics, and war, differing opinions were sought, probabilities gauged, strategy plotted. But this was different: Cataclysmic nuclear confrontation with the Soviet Union seemed increasingly possible and perhaps imminent. And the United States needed to respond.

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