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The shadow of war : a novel of the Cuban Missile Crisis / Jeff Shaara.

Shaara, Jeff, 1952- (author.).

In 1961, new president John F. Kennedy inherited an ill-conceived, poorly executed invasion of Cuba that failed miserably and set in motion the events that put the U.S. and the Soviet Union on a collision course that nearly started a war that would have enveloped much of the world. Extensively researched and vividly imagined, The Shadow of War brings to life the many threads that led to this crisis in 1962. This compelling story is told from a multitude of perspectives and voices: from the Russian engineer attempting the near-impossible task of building the missile launch facilities in Cuba and the U.S. Navy commanders whose ships are sent to "quarantine" that country to the Soviet premier, Nikita Khrushchev, and the brothers John F. and Robert Kennedy. While Khrushchev is desperately trying to maintain a balance between the conflicting demands of various powerful forces in the U.S.S.R., JFK cannot allow Russia to place nuclear missiles in Cuba or appear weak in confronting Khrushchev. Yet, as events unfold, both leaders keenly understand how close they are dancing to the edge of war.

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  • ISBN: 9781250279965 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 1250279968 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: xiii, 349 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2024.
Subject: Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 > Fiction.
Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeevich, 1894-1971 > Fiction.
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968 > Fiction.
Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 > Fiction.
United States > Foreign relations > 1961-1963 > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.

Available copies

  • 3 of 4 copies available at Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative.


  • 3 current holds with 4 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Emmaus Public Library FIC SHAARA, JEFF (Text) 36446002110230 New Adult Available -
Lower Macungie Library FIC SHA (Text) 33400001625063 New Adult Fiction On Holds Shelf -
Parkland Community Library F SHA (Text) 34422007420900 New Adult Fiction Available -
Whitehall Township Public Library 14 DAY F SHAARA, JEFF (Text) 36305002897487 14 Day Book Available -

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