Blind over Cuba: The Photo Gap and the Missile Crisis by Max Holland,David M. Barrett

By Max Holland,David M. Barrett

In the aftermath of the Cuban Missile problem, questions endured approximately how the potential cataclysm had been allowed to improve. A next congressional research fascinated by what got here to be often called the “photo gap”: 5 weeks within which intelligence-gathering flights over Cuba have been 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 difficulty administration through coverage makers and the management, Barrett and Holland make the case that the affair was once, in truth, a detailed name stemming at once 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 used to be now not accepted to ship surveillance plane on lengthy flights over Cuban airspace for plenty of weeks, from past due August via early October. occasions proved that this was once exactly the time while the Soviets have been secretly deploying missiles in Cuba. whilst Director of primary Intelligence John McCone forcefully mentioned that this selection had resulted in a perilous void in intelligence assortment, the president licensed one U-2 flight at once over western Cuba—thereby keeping off catastrophe, because the surveillance detected the Soviet missiles almost immediately prior to they grew to become operational.

The Kennedy management recognized that their failure to collect intelligence used to be politically explosive, and their next efforts to steer the belief of occasions shape the point of interest for this learn. utilizing lately declassified files, secondary fabrics, and interviews with numerous key members, Barrett and Holland weave a narrative of intra-agency clash, suspicion, and discord that undermined intelligence-gathering, adversely affected inner postmortems carried out after the obstacle peaked, and led to holding Congress and the general public at nighttime approximately what quite happened.

Fifty years after the hindrance that introduced the superpowers to the edge, 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 throughout the chilly warfare, and the hindrances Congress faces whilst undertaking an research of the administrative branch.

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