By Max Holland,David M. Barrett

In the aftermath of the Cuban Missile drawback, questions endured approximately how the potential cataclysm had been allowed to enhance. A next congressional research occupied with what got here to be referred to as the “photo gap”: 5 weeks in which intelligence-gathering flights over Cuba were attenuated.

In Blind over Cuba, David M. Barrett and Max Holland problem the preferred conception of the Kennedy administration’s dealing with of the Soviet Union’s surreptitious deployment of missiles within the Western Hemisphere. instead of epitomizing it as a masterpiece of obstacle administration by way of coverage makers and the management, Barrett and Holland make the case that the affair used to be, in truth, an in depth name stemming without delay from judgements made in a weather of deep mistrust among key management officers and the intelligence community.

Because of White condo and country division fears of “another U-2 incident” (the notorious 1960 Soviet downing of an American U-2 undercover agent plane), the CIA was once no longer accepted to ship surveillance airplane on lengthy flights over Cuban airspace for lots of weeks, from overdue August via early October. occasions proved that this used to be exactly the time whilst the Soviets have been secretly deploying missiles in Cuba. whilst Director of vital Intelligence John McCone forcefully mentioned that this selection had resulted in a perilous void in intelligence assortment, the president approved one U-2 flight at once over western Cuba—thereby heading off catastrophe, because the surveillance detected the Soviet missiles presently earlier than they turned operational.

The Kennedy management recognized that their failure to collect intelligence used to be politically explosive, and their next efforts to persuade the notion of occasions shape the point of interest for this learn. utilizing lately declassified records, secondary fabrics, and interviews with a number of key individuals, Barrett and Holland weave a narrative of intra-agency clash, suspicion, and discord that undermined intelligence-gathering, adversely affected inner postmortems performed after the situation peaked, and led to retaining Congress and the general public in the dead of night approximately what relatively happened.

Fifty years after the problem that introduced the superpowers to the threshold, Blind over Cuba: The photograph hole and the Missile Crisis offers a brand new bankruptcy in our knowing of that pivotal occasion, the tensions contained in the US govt through the chilly struggle, and the hindrances Congress faces while engaging in an research of the administrative branch.

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