Cuban missile crisis beliefs endure after 50 years

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Cuba Missile Crisis Conventional Wisdom vs Reality
The wing of a U.S. Air Force plane, front, sits on exhibit along with the old, empty outer casings of Soviet missiles, top, at the military complex Morro Cabana which is open to tourists in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. The Cuban government says the wing belonged to the plane of U.S. pilot Rudolf Anderson who was killed on Oct. 27, 1962, when his reconnaissance aircraft was shot down while over flying Cuban air space during the Cuban Missile Crisis. On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis, historians now say it was behind-the-scenes compromise rather than a high-stakes game of chicken that resolved the faceoff, that both Washington and Moscow wound up winners and that the crisis lasted far longer than 13 days. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco, Cubadebate)