Bay Of Pigs Declassified

Bay Of Pigs Declassified

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by Peter Kornbluh
     
 

For decades, the CIA’s top secret postmortem on the April 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion has been the holy grail of historians, students, and survivors of the failed invasion of Cuba. But the scathing internal report on the worst foreign policy debacle of the Kennedy administration, written by the CIA’s then–inspector general Lyman Kirkpatrick, has

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Overview

For decades, the CIA’s top secret postmortem on the April 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion has been the holy grail of historians, students, and survivors of the failed invasion of Cuba. But the scathing internal report on the worst foreign policy debacle of the Kennedy administration, written by the CIA’s then–inspector general Lyman Kirkpatrick, has remained tightly guarded—until now.

Dislodged from the government through the Freedom of Information Act, here is an uncompromising look at high officials’ arrogance, ignorance, and incompetence, as displayed in their attitude toward Castro’s revolution and toward the Cuban exiles the CIA had organized to invade the island. Including the complete report and a wealth of supplementary materials, Bay of Pigs Declassified provides a fascinating picture of the operation and of the secret world of the espionage establishment, with stories of plots, counterplots, and intra-agency power struggles worthy of a Le Carré novel.

Includes: the complete text of the CIA report; a critical introduction; the newly declassified response to the report from Richard Bissell, who masterminded the operation; the first joint interview with the managers of the invasion, Jacob Esterline and Colonel Jack Hawkins; a comprehensive chronology; and biographies of the key participants.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565844940
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Series:
National Security Archive Documents Series
Pages:
339
Product dimensions:
0.73(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: History Held Hostage: The Bay of Pigs Report in Context1
Key Actors and Acronyms21
Pt. IThe Inspector General's Survey of the Cuban Operation, October 196123
Pt. IIAn Analysis of the Cuban Operation by the Deputy Director (Plans) Central Intelligence Agency, 18 January 1962133
Pt. IIIAssociated Documents235
Pt. IVThe Bay of Pigs Revisited: An Interview with Jacob Esterline and Col. Jack Hawkins258
Pt. VThe Bay of Pigs Invasion: A Comprehensive Chronology of Events267
Source Key331
Acknowledgments334
About the National Security Archive336
Index337

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