By William B. Ecker
With a Foreword through Michael Dobbs, writer of One Minute to Midnight.
Human intelligence was once missing in the course of the Cuban Missile situation, and some of the intelligence enterprises needed to depend on their most reliable means to steer them - aerial images. photos of the missile websites have been successfully used to cajole uncertain allies, in addition to adversaries, that the proof was once actual, they usually rallied around the globe help of the yank innovations interested in the removing of the offensive guns from Cuba. President Kennedy's government Committee of the nationwide protection council opened each one assembly with a briefing of the most recent research of the former day's photograph missions. Aerial images was once quickly famous as necessary to the result of the crisis.
Both President Kennedy and Chairman Khrushchev well-known that they didn't thoroughly regulate occasions, and understood that unforeseen occasions may spiral the hindrance uncontrolled. whereas precipitating the concern by means of the advent of offensive guns in Cuba, Khrushchev stepped again from the nuclear abyss that either international locations have been heading for. Kennedy nonetheless applied his army techniques in an efficient technique of ratcheting up strain and, even as, resisting his civilian and armed forces advisors' calls for for attacking Cuba. Photographic intelligence gave him the time to improve a relaxed solution to the crisis.
Most books at the Cuban Missile situation inform the tale throughout the viewpoint of memoirs of these who steered President Kennedy, as he struggled to prevent global conflict III. This booklet explains the serious occasions, in addition to the stories of these who execute presidential instructions in occasions of nationwide problem. Their competence, or loss of it, usually can suggest the adaptation among battle and peace. The historical past unfolds because the reader is placed into the cockpit of a supersonic photograph jet, giving a clean point of view of these suspenseful 13 days. Michael Dobbs, writer of 1 Minute To hour of darkness, describes Blue Moon over Cuba as 'a brilliant contribution to the physique of Missile situation literature. The publication will surely be the main authoritative and entire account of the low-level reconnaissance over Cuba.'