Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder, and the Cold War in the Caribbean

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Macmillan, Mar 29, 2011 - History - 464 pages
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The Caribbean crises of the Cold War are revealed as never before in this riveting story of clashing ideologies, the rise of the politics of fear, the machinations of superpowers, and the brazen daring of the mavericks who took them on

During the presidencies of Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson, the Caribbean was in crisis. The men responsible included, from Cuba, the charismatic Fidel Castro, and his mysterious brother Raúl; from Argentina, the ideologue Che Guevara; from the Dominican Republic, the capricious psychopath Rafael Trujillo; and from Haiti, François "Papa Doc" Duvalier, a buttoned-down doctor with interests in Vodou, embezzlement and torture.

Alex von Tunzelmann's brilliant narrative follows these five rivals and accomplices from the beginning of the Cold War to its end, each with a separate vision for his tropical paradise, and each in search of power and adventure as the United States and the USSR acted out the world's tensions in their island nations. The superpowers thought they could use Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic as puppets, but what neither bargained on was that their puppets would come to life. Red Heat is an intimate account of the strong-willed men who, armed with little but words and ruthlessness, took on the most powerful nations on earth.


  

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I was born in the Finland of the 1960s and went through school in the seventies. All that time I was taught that Cuba is more Soviet than the Soviet Union and that nothing will ever separate the two ... Read full review

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'One of the most ridiculous things that has occurred in the history of the United States.' This was how, looking back at the incident, Fidel Castro described the abortive invasion at the Bay of Pigs ... Read full review

Contents

The Secret War
1
The Entrails
9
Good Neighbors
24
Quacking Like a Duck
46
Comrades
63
A Lot of Fuss by a Bunch of Communists
83
The Minds of Unsophisticated Peoples
105
Not Red But Olive Green
125
The Death of the Goat
230
Throwing a Hedgehog Down Uncle Sams Pants
251
Apocalypse Now?
274
Papadocracy
295
Bad News
317
Another Cuba
338
Zombies
356
A Note on Names
379

Our Real Friends
145
A Crusade to Save Free Enterprise
168
Regime Change
191
One of the Most Ridiculous Things That
210
Selected Bibliography
423
Acknowledgments
432
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About the author (2011)

Alex von Tunzelmann is the author of Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder, and the Cold War in the Caribbean and Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire. She was educated at Oxford and lives in London.

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