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To The Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis

By National Archives and Records Administration

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


The "To the Brink" app brings the National Archives and its JFK Library and Museum exhibit to iPads. This free app contains many of the same photographs, documents, and recordings found in the exhibit — allowing people unable to visit the exhibit a chance to experience one of the most extraordinary moments in American history.

What's New in Version 1.1

• Additional archive documents, including a psychiatric personality study of Fidel Castro prepared by the CIA.

• Additional pages added to some existing documents.

• Improved interface for footnotes.

• Improved interactivity for outbound links.

• Modifications to document and gallery content order.

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Customer Reviews


Wow, what an awesome app and awesome experience. Reading scans of formerly top secret memos and letters, listening to actual audio recordings of JFK's discussions with his team, it's hard to believe this is all even available to the public.
I wasn't alive during this Cuban Missile Crisis, but after reading/listening through this app, I have a new-found respect for everyone who experienced it back then. It was scary to me fifty years later; I cant imagine how scary it was back then. JFK's calmness under this unbelievable pressure just boggles my mind. Most people would have struck back at Russia, which most likely would have led to nuclear war, but not JFK. Despite his advisors calling for war, he stayed cool and may have saved the planet.

Slick and informative

Great use of technology to present a significant moment in American history. I got so engulfed, I finished it in what seemed like 30 minutes. Due to the experience, it still gets five stars.

It's a invaluable and interesting content with great visuals

It would be really great for it to have a single place for all documents and images.

To The Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis
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  • Free
  • Category: Education
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  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 450 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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