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Revisiting the Cuban Missile Crisis

Monday, August 04, 2014

Stephen L. Carter Stephen L. Carter (Michael Lionstar/Courtesy of the publisher)

Stephen L. Carter talks about his new novel Back Channel, a retelling of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The novel goes back to October 1962, when the Soviet Union smuggled missiles into Cuba. Kennedy and Khrushchev are in the midst of a military face-off that could lead to nuclear conflagration. Both leaders are surrounded by advisers clamoring for war. The only way for the two leaders to negotiate safely is to open a surreptitious path of communication.

Back Channel by Stephen L. Carter
Back Channel by Stephen L. Carter

 

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Stephen L. Carter

Comments [4]

jgarbuz from Queens

Oscar

You're a "Palestinian" right? Now that is really a masterpiece of fiction!

Aug. 04 2014 01:22 PM
oscar from ny

I heard Vladimir Putin president of Russia say that the Russian federation since back in the days of Stalin was made up of like 80% Jews.. I wonder if this had something to do with trying the anilihation of mankind
..clever those guys using that confused Fidel Castro to convey their business

Aug. 04 2014 01:19 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

I can't understand people who love to write and read lies (i.e. write and read fiction). I read books only for facts, not for fiction. For my diet of fiction I either watch movies, play video games, or read the Bible. I'm sorry I read so many lies (fictional works) back in college. What a waste of time. Too bad there weren't good video games like Uncharted or Doom or Last Of Us to play in my college days back in the '60s.

Fiction writers and malcontents are all that colleges produce these days, which is why the academia bubble is starting to burst. When we start producing workers in high schools who go out looking for jobs instead of wasting time in "academia" we'll start getting more manufacturing back in this country again.

Aug. 04 2014 01:15 PM

Haven't read your novel yet but I will.

Any opinion on whether Dubya should have taken the backchannel offer from Saddam and Sons before our invasion was launched?

Lucky for us that Kennedy was a thinker rather than a 'decider'. If Dubya had been Prexy in 1962, there'd be a lot fewer of us today.

Aug. 04 2014 01:07 PM

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