Bacardi: The Hidden War / Edition 1

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In this book, investigative journalist Hernando Calvo Ospina brings to light the commercial and political activities of the Bacardi empire to reveal its role in fostering the 40-year-long confrontation between the United States and the revolutionary government of Cuba. Through meticulous research, Calvo Ospina reveals how directors and shareholders of the family-owned firm have aggressively worked to undermine the Castro government. He explores how they have been implicated in supporting paramilitary organisations that have carried out terrorist attacks, and reveals their links to the extreme right-wing Cuban-American Foundation that supported Ronald Reagan's Contra war in Nicaragua.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745318738
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 7/20/2002
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,531,251
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Hernando Calvo Ospina is a Colombian investigative journalist who specialises in the anti-Castro movement. He is the author of Salsa, Havana Heat, Bronx Beat (Latin America Bureau, 1995) and co-author of The Cuban Exile Movement: Dissidents or Mercenaries? (Ocean Press, 2000). Bacardi: The Hidden War was first published in Spanish and has been translated into French, Dutch, German and Italian. He lives in Brussels.

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Table of Contents

By Way of Introduction
1 The Bacardi-Bouteiller Company 1
The Sugar Islands and Rum 1
The US Almost Ruins Bacardi 2
Bouteiller Produces Bacardi Rum 2
Earnings that Sound like Fantasy 3
Business and Pro-annexationism 4
2 Expansion and Prelude to Departure 7
Millions Amid the Crisis 7
'The Rum Route' 8
'The Golden Age of Cocktails' 8
Business Before National Interests 9
Bacardi Continues on its Way 10
Pepin Bosch Expands the Businesses 11
Two Short Anecdotes about Pepin and Co 11
'The Empire of Havana' 12
3 Bacardi Leaves Cuba Before the Revolution 14
Bacardi Moves to the Bahamas 14
A Revolution Incompatible with Bacardi 15
The Nationalisations Were Not a Game 16
How the Revolution Helped Bacardi 17
4 The CIA, the Businessman and the Terrorists 19
The Businessman and the Bombardment 19
Kennedy and the 'Orphans' 20
Pepin Bosch Prepares the Second Invasion 20
CIA Money and Bacardi 21
The Plot to Assassinate Fidel, Raul and Che 22
Unity for Terrorism 24
5 From Violence to the Lobby 26
Enter Jesse Helms 26
From the Brazilian Dictatorship to the Chilean Dictatorship 27
Terrorist Effectiveness and Economy 28
Complicity through Silence 29
Wolves in Sheep's Clothing 30
6 Reagan Breeds a Monster 31
Goodbye RECE, Hello CANF 31
The NSC as Father and Mother of the CANF 31
'Project Democracy' 32
The CANF and 'Project Democracy' 33
The First Godfathers of the CANF 34
7 The CANF and the Shareholders 35
Accomplices in Sin 35
Bacardi's Directors Strengthen the CANF 35
The Role of Conservative Intellectuals 36
Academic Infiltration 38
The 'Bacardi Chair' 39
Radio Marti 39
8 Two Wars and Their Accomplices 41
The Contras War 41
Aid to UNITA in Angola 44
9 The Torricelli-Graham Act 49
Here's to the Fall! 49
'If Blood Has to Flow... ' 50
A Lawmaker's Price 51
Why and How a Law is Passed 52
Electoral Opportunism 53
The Effects of the Act 54
10 The Absurd: The Helms-Burton Act 56
Jesse Helms and Dan Burton 56
The Cobbled Together Act 57
The Battle Commences 58
The Battle Reaches Europe 59
Intolerance 59
'An Emotional Act' 60
Titles I and II 61
Titles of Discord 62
Negotiations Behind the Scenes 64
The Birmingham Agreement 65
11 'The Bicardi Claims Act' 67
A Whisper Takes Shape 67
A Very Different Lunch 67
An Absurd Calculation 69
The Earliest Proof 70
More Proof 71
And Yet More Proof 72
Bacardi, Though Not US... 74
12 Market 'Wars' 75
Subtle Threats 75
A Coincidental Warning 76
The Object of Fear: Pernod-Ricard 77
Deceitful Propaganda 78
'Cuba Libre' 79
13 More than a Rum 'War' 81
Unfair Competition? 81
The Owner Cannot Choose 82
He Who Lives by the News... 83
The Return of Bacardi's Legislators 83
Bacardi 'Discovers' the Arechabalas 84
Dynamiting the Factory 86
Bacardi and the United States Against the Agreements 86
Section 211: By Bacardi for Bacardi 87
The United States Has Nothing to Say 89
Much More Than Just a Rum 'War' 89
14 Cuba's 'Transition' and 'Reconstruction' 91
Cuba's 'Reconstruction' 91
Selling off the Island 92
Free Trade? 93
'Humanitarian' Businessmen 94
The US-Cuba Business Council 95
Is Bacardi 'Making' the Economic Transition? 96
'Cuba in Transition' 98
Will Bacardi Be Put in Charge of Selling Off Cuba? 98
Backdrop 99
Postscript 100
Appendix: Diagrams 102
Notes 108
Index 121
About the Cuba Solidarity Campaign 125
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2004


    Bacardi was founded in Cuba,Soon after exile from Castro's Cuba they founded 'another' factory in Puerto Rico. The old factories in Cuba were still making Bacardi with the same name and Bat insignia until sued by the Bacardi Family and now Cuban 'Bacardi rum' is know as Havana Club

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2005

    The Puerto Rican Bacardi Corp

    The Puerto Rican Bacardi Plant was established in the late 1930's and not after the Cuban Revolution in 1959.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2004

    it's true

    Bacardi was created in CUBA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2003

    Created in Cuba - don't be such an ignorant

    Bacardi was stablished in CUBA by a Catalan inmigrant who left Barcelona (Facundo Bacardi). Don't be ridiculous...Puerto Rico!!!jajaj

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2003

    not true!!!

    This is not true at all. For you people out there, you might want to know that Bacardi is established and was created in Puerto Rico. Its the same flag but with the colors inverted. Whom ever thought that because it was the same flag its the same country and people was seriously wrong! I all invite you to go to PR and find out what Bacardi REALLY is..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2003

    Politics 101 for high schoolers

    I would make this a prerequiste to any political course on the HIDDEN truth and facts behind the USA and its political instigators.

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