Thirteen Days; a Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What distinguishes Thirteen Days as a memoir (besides the subtitle) and not just an autobiography?

Thirteen Days can be considered a memoir for several reasons. First, a memoir is written in first person and the narrator is both a real person and is part of the story.This book is written by Robert F. Kennedy, or RFK, who was very much involved with the Cuban Missile Crisis. Also, a memoir is not necessarily focused on the narrator. Thirteen Days is not only about RFK's role but about what John F. Kennedy (JFK) was thinking and how he was acting during a moment of crisis. Finally, an autobiography is about the writer's entire life while a memoir is about a specific event. Thirteen Days is about the Cuban Missile Crisis and does not give very much biographical information at all.

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