© 1999

Macmillan, Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis

Political, Military and Intelligence Aspects


Part of the Contemporary History in Context book series (CHIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. L. V. Scott
    Pages 1-12
  3. L. V. Scott
    Pages 131-152
  4. L. V. Scott
    Pages 153-178
  5. L. V. Scott
    Pages 179-189
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 190-251

About this book


In October 1962, the world went to the brink of Armageddon. This study provides a new archive-based account of the Cuban missile crisis, providing the first detailed and authoritative account from the British perspective. The book draws upon new British and US archival material and recent scholarship in the west and the former USSR. The diplomatic, military and intelligence dimensions of British policy are scrutinised. New material is presented and existing interpretations of UK-US relations at this crucial moment are reassessed. The book contributes a new aspect to the literature on the Cuban missile crisis, by exploring where the views of Washington and its closest ally converged and diverged.


Cuban missile crisis Kennedy, John F. Policy revolution

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of International PoliticsUniversity of WalesAberystwythUK

About the authors

L.V. SCOTT is Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, where since 1990 he has specialised in international history and intelligence studies. From 1984 to 1988 he was Political Assistant to the Rt Hon Denis Healey, MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary. He has written on a variety of defence and security issues, and is the author of Conscription and the Attlee Governments: The Politics and Policy of National Service 1945-51, published in the Oxford Historical Monographs series.

Bibliographic information


'This is a scholarly and readable book that makes a very complex relationship accessible to all readers, whether or not they have prior knowledge of the Cuban Missile crisis...It is a book that makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the momentous events of the Cuban missile crisis. It will become an essential read for all those who want to know what happened, when and why from the British perspective.' - Alan P. Dobson, Contemporary British History

'This is a very good, careful study of the issues which arose between the two countries and is written in a clear style.' - Michael F. Hopkins, International Affairs