Politics of Illusion: The Bay of Pigs Invasion Reexamined / Edition 1

Politics of Illusion: The Bay of Pigs Invasion Reexamined / Edition 1

by James G. Blight, Peter Kornbluh
     
 

The defeat of the attempted April 1961 invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs was one of the worst foreign-policy disasters in U.S. history. Since then, explanations of the event have emphasized betrayal by one U.S. agency or another, seeking to assign blame for the "loss" of Cuba. With the benefit of new documentation, however - from U.S. government and Cuban exile… See more details below

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The defeat of the attempted April 1961 invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs was one of the worst foreign-policy disasters in U.S. history. Since then, explanations of the event have emphasized betrayal by one U.S. agency or another, seeking to assign blame for the "loss" of Cuba. With the benefit of new documentation, however - from U.S. government and Cuban exile sources - as well as the first-hand accounts of key participants, Politics of Illusion shows the current mythology to be just that. Based on an innovative series of meetings that brought together former CIA officials, former anti-Castro Cuban operatives, a former high-ranking Soviet official, and others who were directly involved in the events - nearly all speaking on the record for the first time - this critical oral history demonstrates that all of the anti-Castro parties were guilty of illusions, to one degree or another. Blight and Kornbluh provide a thorough and perceptive context for the discussions held at the meetings, transcripts of the actual sessions, a selection of the main documents discussed by the participants, and a discussion of the implications of the participants' conclusions for current U.S.-Cuban relations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555878221
Publisher:
Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/1998
Series:
Studies in Cuban History
Pages:
283
Lexile:
1090L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
Dramatis Personae
Prologue: "John Wayne's" Betrayals1
1The Anti-Castro Resistance Meets the CIA9
2The CIA Calls the Shots35
3Kennedy's Attempts to Topple Castro59
4Assassination and the Use of U.S. Military Force at the Bay of Pigs83
5Operation MONGOOSE and the Fate of the Resistance107
6Aftermath of the Bay of Pigs Invasion133
Epilogue: "John Wayne's" Illusions149
App. 1: Maps155
App. 2: Abbreviations and Acronyms157
App. 3Chronology of U.S. Decisionmaking Regarding the Bay of Pigs Invasion and Operation MONGOOSE, January 1959-October 1962159
App. 4Chronology of Cuban Resistance, January 1959-July 1961173
App. 5Declassified Documents185
Index277
About the Book284

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