What Can Obama Learn From Kennedy?

From Havana to Tehran, Tom Segev takes a look at a world of 'what-ifs.'

On Sunday, October 14, 1962, U.S. President John F. Kennedy received aerial photographs of missile bases in Cuba; the Soviet-made missiles depicted in those images had nuclear warheads. These facts are common knowledge; every undergraduate studying international relations is expected to be familiar with this narrative. Nearly every book about the Cuban Missile Crisis also mentions the fact that the photos were...