Arthur M. Schlesinger (1917 - 2007) was a historian who served as special assistant to President John F. Kennedy. Among his many works are the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Age of Jackson and A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House.
"As a principle figure in resolving the crisis Robert Kennedy
brings to it extraordinary authority, with his own insights,
perspectives and very important revelations of the decision-making
process at the highest level, on the brink of nuclear holocaust."
-- David Schoenbrun - New York Times Book Review
"This is valuable not only as a record of the operations of the Administration during the great facedown, but as an instance of responsible brinkmanship." -- Kirkus Reviews