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The Bay of Pigs
     

The Bay of Pigs

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by Howard Jones
 

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ISBN-10: 019517383X

ISBN-13: 9780195173833

Pub. Date: 08/01/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195173833
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Series:
Pivotal Moments in American History Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue
1. Genesis
2. Trinidad
3. Zapata
4. Politics
5. D-Day
6. Requiem
7. Inquisition
Epilogue
Abbreviations in Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Prologue
1. Genesis
2. Trinidad
3. Zapata
4. Politics
5. D-Day
6. Requiem
7. Inquisition
Epilogue
Abbreviations in Notes
Bibliography

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The Bay of Pigs 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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This book was very well written. I'm a really big fan on reading about the Kennedys and this book was really exciting. I never knew how the Bay of Pigs operation fell, but this book nailed it!
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