Conflicting missions: Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976

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University of North Carolina Press, Jun 27, 2002 - History - 552 pages
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This is a compelling and dramatic account of Cuban policy in Africa from 1959 to 1976 and of its escalating clash with U.S. policy toward the continent. Piero Gleijeses's fast-paced narrative takes the reader from Cuba's first steps to assist Algerian rebels fighting France in 1961, to the secret war between Havana and Washington in Zaire in 1964-65--where 100 Cubans led by Che Guevara clashed with 1,000 mercenaries controlled by the CIA--and, finally, to the dramatic dispatch of 30,000 Cubans to Angola in 1975-76, which stopped the South African advance on Luanda and doomed Henry Kissinger's major covert operation there.

Based on unprecedented archival research and firsthand interviews in virtually all of the countries involved--Gleijeses was even able to gain extensive access to closed Cuban archives--this comprehensive and balanced work sheds new light on U.S. foreign policy and CIA covert operations. It revolutionizes our view of Cuba's international role, challenges conventional U.S. beliefs about the influence of the Soviet Union in directing Cuba's actions in Africa, and provides, for the first time ever, a look from the inside at Cuba's foreign policy during the Cold War.

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Review: Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976

User Review  - Zeb Larson - Goodreads

As I'm rather burnt out on history books at the moment, I rarely describe them as "impossible to put down." This book is an exception to that rule. It's an incredible piece of scholarship that challenges many preconceived notions about Cuba and the Cold War. Read full review

Review: Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976

User Review  - Rob Scharf - Goodreads

Incredibly useful and well-written text. A thoroughly researched effort with a diverse bibliography full of archival research and secondary sources from multiple countries including the United States ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
5
Castros Cuba 19591964
12
Algeria
30
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Piero Gleijeses is professor of American foreign policy at the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University.

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