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This paper analyzes the book "Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis" by Robert J. Kennedy. Specifically it examines what Kennedy referred to as the most important lessons that he learned from the Cuban Missile Crisis and their implications for US foreign policy. In particular, Kennedy writes about the qualities of leadership and the need to be open to different opinions. Additionally, advisers should not modify their viewpoints to please a leader. The paper then applies situations encountered during the Cuban missile crisis to government today. The paper concludes by stating that the lessons from the Cuban Missile Crisis could be applied to just about any crisis situation, and to our overall foreign policy.
From the Paper:"Late in the book, Kennedy writes, "I believe our deliberations proved conclusively how important it is that the President have the recommendations and opinions of more than one individual, of more than one department, and of more than one point of view" (Kennedy 111). This is a central idea to democracy and our two-party system of government, which allows for differing ideas, thoughts, and recommendations as part of our rights to free speech that are guaranteed in the Constitution. A leader should be open to differing opinions as part of any debate, because divergent opinions are where ideas come from, and what helps generate change and opinion. It is important to know all the sides of any issue, and different points of view will bring out all the facets of any issue. Kennedy's argument is just as compelling today, when we consider just how different the current political situation is, and how much animosity there is between political parties, politicians, and the public. Today, President Obama is attempting to do just what Kennedy advised, and deal with situations with a variety of tools, decision-makers, and other options, and he is often criticized for that."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Kennedy, Robert J. Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1969.
Cite this Book Review:
Important Lessons that Kennedy Learned from the Cuban Missile Crisis (2012, March 31) Retrieved March 06, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/important-lessons-that-kennedy-learned-from-the-cuban-missile-crisis-150728/
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