Foreword by Tom Clancy. Preface. Acknowledgments. Glossary. Technical Notes. 1. Most Dangerous Moments. 2. Imbalance of Terror. 3. The Cuban Decision: Coming to America. 4. Cuba: The American View. 5. Operation Anadyr. 6. Surveillance and Discovery. 7. ExComm. 8. Consensus and Notification. 9. Taking Action. 10. Crisis beneath the Waves. 11. The View from the Kremlin. 12. "Until Hell Freezes Over!". 13. Back Channels and Telegrams. 14. OPLAN 316: Invasion! 15. From SIOP to Dr. Strangelove. 16. The Deal: The Turkish Card. 17. Withdrawal. 18. Legacy: The Anadyr Effect. Appendix A: The Membership of ExComm. Appendix B: U-2 Missions Flown during Operation Anadyr. Appendix C: U.S. Naval Forces in the Caribbean. Appendix D: Soviet Missile Characteristics. Notes. Bibliography. Photo Credits. Index.
NORMAN POLMAR is a regular commentator on the Discovery, A&E, and History channels, and the author of more than forty books on naval, aviation, and intelligence subjects. He has served as an advisor or consultant on defense issues to three U.S. senators and two members of the House of Representatives, as well as to several Navy and Defense officials. JOHN D. GRESHAM collaborated with Tom Clancy on his bestselling series of guided tours of military units, such as Submarine and Special Forces. He is also the coauthor of an upcoming book on the Special Forces during the war in Afghanistan.
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