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Mark White, in his fine book _Against the President_:Dissent and Decision-Making in the White House: A Historical Perspective (Ivan Dee, 2007), sharply criticizes Kennedy for the secrecy imposed on the "deal" to take the missiles out of Turkey. As I recall, his argument was that subsequent presidents (and of course Secretary of State Dean Rusk whose boast that "We came eyeball to eyeball with the other fellow and he blinked" would seem to indicate he didn't know either) were misled into thinking that the way to win in such confrontations is to hang tough, be ready to take extreme measures, rather than engage in desperate late night diplomacy. Elizabeth Sanders Cornell University