Bayou of Pigs: The True Story of an Audacious Plot to Turn a Tropical Island into a Criminal Paradise

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 3, 2009 - True Crime - 272 pages
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The story of how a criminal Shangri-La almost happened

In 1981, a small but heavily armed force of misfits from the United States and Canada set off on an unlikely mission: to invade the impoverished Caribbean island of Dominica, overthrow its government in a coup d'etat, and install a new bought-off prime minister. For two years, the gangleaders recruited manpower, wooed investors, forged links with the mob, stockpiled weapons, and planned their assault. They called it Operation Red Dog. They were going to make millions. All that stood in their way were two federal agents from Louisiana on the biggest case of their lives. Bayou of Pigs tells a remarkable story of foreign military intervention, revolutionary politics, greed, treachery, stupidity, deceit, and one of the most outlandish crimes ever attempted: the theft of a nation.

Stewart Bell (Toronto, ON) is the author of Cold Terror (978-0-470-84056-6).
 

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I am not a big non-fiction fan, but narrative non-fiction can grab my attention. [Bayou of Pigs] tells a very interesting true story, and one I had no knowledge of before reading Bell's book. Bell ... Read full review

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The story of how American and Canadian mercenaries, racists and Klansmen were involved in efforts to take over the government of Dominica in 1981 in conspiracy with former prime minister Patrick John ... Read full review

Contents

PART IEveryone Wants an Island
3
PART IIOperation Red
87
Toronto Canada
132
New Orleans Louisiana
139
Toronto Canada
148
Houston Texas
160
Baton Rouge Louisiana
166
Baton Rouge Louisiana
173
New Orleans Louisiana
206
Roseau Dominica
218
Toronto Canada
229
St Georges Grenada
238
Epilogue Where Are They Now?
245
Authors Note
261
Notes
265
Sources
267

PART IIISoldiers of Misfortune
183
New Orleans Louisiana
185
Roseau Dominica
195
Photo Credits
276
Index
277
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Stewart Bell is an award-winning journalist and the author of two critically acclaimed books, the national bestseller Cold Terror and The Martyr's Oath. He was awarded the Amnesty International prize for "Guerilla Girls", his magazine article about child soldiers in West Africa. His magazine article about an Algerian terrorist, "The Terrorist Next Door", was made into a television movie.

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