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"October 1962. In Cuba: Soviet ships off-load what intelligence reveals to be nuclear missiles. In Washington, President Kennedy and his advisers are in furious debate over how long they can wait to discover what the Soviets intend before dropping the first bomb. And, in Ithaca, New York, Margo Jensen--a nineteen-year-old Cornell sophomore--is swept up in a "bizarre concatenation of circumstances" that will make of her the "back channel" liaison between Soviet Premier Khrushchev and Kennedy. Events unfold too quickly for her even to ask "why me?" But the stunning answer is revealed bit by bit as she races from Ithaca to Bulgaria to Washington, D.C., drawn ever more deeply into the crossfire--figurative and literal--of infighting between governmental agencies, both American and Soviet; into the confidence and--unsettlingly--the affection of the president of the United States; into desperate negotiations to avoid nuclear war; and, finally, into the secrets of the extraordinary legacy--of honor and bravery--she inherited from the father she never knew"--
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780385349604
Branch Call Number: FIC CARTER 2014
Characteristics: 455 pages ; 25 cm


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Cornell sophomore Margo Jensen finds herself dangerously embroiled in the Cuban Missile affair when she becomes a “back channel” intermediary between Soviet Premier Khrushchev and President Kennedy in this tense historical thriller.

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Aug 23, 2015

Found this novel absolutely riveting and full of unexpected twists and turns.

Feb 07, 2015

I found Margo's story fascinating. The endless debates between the men (only men, mind you) in power bored me. This despite my memory of that time and how frightened I was.


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