Gott Chapter 6

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So here in Gott’s 6th chapter we have the most detailed account yet of the Cuban Missile Crisis.  The intrigue of the Cuban View and the Cuban desire vis-a-vis the “rockets” is quite astonishing.  I love Krushchev’s reply when asked by the Cuban delegation just what exactly would happen if the US found out early.  So… I don’t know, arrogant, earthy and human.

The Soviet relation with China is in the background here as well and that deserves your attention as does of course your second look (your first was in the China Unit) of history as recent as 1968.

2 Responses to “Gott Chapter 6”

  1. Sophie Mueller says:

    I thought it was interesting that Cuba wasn’t always supported by the Soviet Union, and was thought of as a kind of outlying rebel group, rather than an ally, until later in the revolution. Having heard about the Cuban Missile Crisis, I always assumed that Cuba was in the pocket of the Soviet’s, but this kind of rogue communism is much more interesting.

  2. Claire Olmstead says:

    I thought that Gott’s account of the Bay of Pigs invasion was also quite different from what we’ve read in Ambrose. From what I had taken away previously, Kennedy was responsible, yet the experts who surrounded him also contributed their opinions, but it failed due to lack of popular support. After reading Gott’s account, the Americans come across as more out of touch with the realities of Cuba, and divided internally (in terms of allocations for airpower from Congress) which led to the overall failure.

    In terms of the Cuban Missile Crisis, it was interesting to me that Gott says the Cubans were more concerned by the prospect of an American invasion than by the threat of a worldwide nuclear war. To me, this illustrates the deep distrust that the Cubans had for the United States. Personally, I never really thought about the relationship between the US and Cuba before the revolution, but after reading Gott, so many factors come into focus for me. America really used Cuba, and tried very hard to control it both before and after the revolution.

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