In 1962, the tiny island nation of Cuba became the flash point in the confrontation between the two world superpowers. For the first time, Cuba's view of the most serious crisis of the Cold War is told by one of the leading participants. Rushed to New York during the crisis to take up the post of Cuba's ambassador to the United Nations, Carlos Lechuga provides the Cuban version of what really occurred when the world was on the edge of a nuclear catastrophe. No longer silenced by its ties to the Soviet Union, Cuba now voices its sense of betrayal in the Khrushchev-Kennedy deal. As Lechuga writes, Cuba "didn't know what was going on" and was not consulted on key issues. Lechuga also describes a secret approach from Washington for a dialogue with Havana immediately prior to the assassination of President Kennedy.
Published to coincide with the new Hollywood film on the Missile Crisis - Kevin Costner's "Thirteen Days"; tells Cuba's side of the story by one of the leading participants in the Crisis; includes previously unpublished Cuban files and letters; reveals details of secret overtures for a dialogue with Cuba from President Kennedy, just prior to his assassination in 1963; Written by an insider: Cuba's then ambassador to the UN