The crisis years : Kennedy and Khrushchev, 1960-1963

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Notes on half title: 1. How old were you in 1960-63; 2. Kru 25 days in the states; 3. What was Kru attitude towards Eisen.; 4. What was the first meeting of Ken/Kru like--; 5. Back pain; 6. Vienna summit; 7. Frank Hollman NY Daily News; 8. The Mafia and Castro--Sam Giancana; 9.Scali story was a phony page 515; 10. Was TT Ken fatalistic; 11. Judy Campbell; 12. Joyce 613. Underlinings: Edge of nuclear disaster, most ferocious arms race in world history. Increased access to Soviet sources. Distance of 30 years= greater dispassion. Campbell arranged secret meetings between Kennedy and Giancana, 1961 took sealed envelopes back and forth between the two. In 1988 Campbell excluded story from memoir out of fear for life. JFK's sexlife raises questions about leadership/diplomacy. Inga Arvad Fejos. She was under FBI surveillance and their trysts were noted; affair almost got JFK cashiered from Navy. JFK public performance/private life no serious connection. Presidency potential hostage to Teamsters, Mafia, Radical Right, foreign powers. Ellen Fimmel Rometsch, hostess at Quorum Club, Carroll Arms Hotel. RFK gets her expelled. Adlai Stevenson gleeful at Kennedy's murder. Rusk, McNamara, Bundy guided Johnson into major Vietnam involvement. John asks Khrushchev to stay out of election. Close of Cold War epoch shows importance of Kennedy-Khrushchev period. Khrushchev committed to improving lot of Soviet consumers by holding down military spending. Khrushchev exaggerated military strength, not dangerous against Eisenhower, but issue with Kennedy who raised alarm with American people, Western world. Soviets feared preemptive American strike. Lambs notes on Notes: 788-725=63 pages, and Index: 816-789=27 pages.


Beschloss, Michael R, “The crisis years : Kennedy and Khrushchev, 1960-1963,” One Book. One Author. One Hour., accessed September 18, 2019,


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The crisis years : Kennedy and Khrushchev, 1960-1963


Beschloss, Michael R


Program air date: July 14, 1991.


Michael Beschloss characterizes the relationship between Kennedy and Khrushchev and its impact on the Cold War.


"Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963."
"Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeevich, 1894-1971."
"World politics--1955-1965."
"Cold War."


Brian Lamb Booknotes Collection
Gift of Brian Lamb, 2011.


Edward Burlingame Books
George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections & Archives


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