The Bay of Pigs

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Oxford University Press, Aug 8, 2008 - History - 256 pages
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In The Bay of Pigs, Howard Jones provides a concise, incisive, and dramatic account of the disastrous attempt to overthrow Castro in April 1961. Drawing on recently declassified CIA documents, Jones deftly examines the train of missteps and self-deceptions that led to the invasion of U.S.-trained exiles at the Bay of Pigs. Ignoring warnings from the ambassador to Cuba, the Eisenhower administration put in motion an operation that proved nearly unstoppable even after the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. The CIA and Pentagon, meanwhile, both voiced confidence in the outcome of the invasion, especially after coordinating previous successful coups in Guatemala and Iran. And so the Kennedy administration launched the exile force toward its doom in Cochinos Bay on April 17, 1961. Jones gives a riveting account of the battle--and the confusion in the White House--before moving on to explore its implications. The Bay of Pigs, he writes, set the course of Kennedy's foreign policy. It was a humiliation for the administration that fueled fears of Communist domination and pushed Kennedy toward a hardline "cold warrior" stance. But at the same time, the failed attack left him deeply skeptical of CIA and military advisers and influenced his later actions during the Cuban missile crisis.
 

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A taut account of a dismal passage of the Cold War: the failed, American-sponsored attempt to invade Cuba and remove Fidel Castro from power.Fed up with Castro's anti-American rhetoric and alarmed at ... Read full review

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User Review  - bruchu - LibraryThing

Incredibly Well-Researched This is a wonderfully written, extensively researched monograph about the infamous Bay of Pigs fiasco in 1961 during the Kennedy Administration. Howard Jones has delved deep ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
1 Genesis
9
2 Trinidad
31
3 Zapata
45
4 Politics
75
5 DDay
95
6 Requiem
113
7 Inquisition
131
Epilogue
153
Notes
175
Bibliography
215
Index
225
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Howard Jones is the author of Mutiny on the Amistad and Death of a Generation. He is University Research Professor of History at the University of Alabama.

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