Top critical review
A decent account, but only for those who know nothing about the Cuban crisis
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2018
A slightly more human view than most histories of the Cuban crisis, but nothing really new. The principal perspective of the narrative is of the role of the U2 pilots. The description of events inside the White House is well-trodden territory. The book gives detailed accounts of the backgrounds of some of the U2 pilots. This may give a more human view of those whose job is to be cold, calculating machines in biological form, but in the context of potential annihilation of mankind, this seems of little relevance. Characters are a little too black and white. JFK is presented as a saint, RFK and the U2 pilots as pure white and some of the senior military officers - LeMay especially - as loose cannons. It was quite readable and I'd recommend it as a decent account, but only for those who know nothing about the Cuban crisis.