Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | April 16, 2013

Scary times, past and present

On April 17, 1961, the world teetered on the brink of nuclear disaster.   More than 50 years later, more information continues to come to light about that scary time.  History buffs will enjoy two new books in particular:

The brilliant disaster : JFK, Castro, and America’s doomed invasion of Cuba’s Bay of Pigs, by Jim Rasenberger, is a meticulously researched volume described as reading like a spy thriller, and shedding light on the past, present and future.

Listening in : the secret White House recordings of John F. Kennedy , by Ted Widmer

JFK began taping Oval-Office conversations in 1962.  This beautifully illustrated book, which includes two CDs of the tapes themselves, offers about 25 of the most interesting conversations, including the Bay of Pigs incident. 

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