Inside the Cuban Missile Crisis

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These days, say James G. Blight and janet M. Lang, even their best graduate students in political science know little, if anything, about the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. "It might as well be the Peloponnesian Wars, frankly," says Blight, a professor of foreign-policy development at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario.

Students have bought into "a fairy tale—the notion of a brief shining moment for the beautiful Kennedy family in Camelot" and of "the good guy, Kennedy," who