Haynes Johnson is the author of Divided We Fall: Gambling with History in the Nineties. He lives in Washington, DC.
The Bay of Pigs: The Leaders' Story of Brigade 2506by Haynes Johnson
At long last, the truth about The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.The commanders of the invasion forces break their silence to reveal the whole truth aboutThe CIASecret plans to countermand White House decisionsFatally poor intelligenceSuperb dedication and training but inadequate planning and executionThe Joint Chiefs of StaffApproval of a suicidal battle plan, disastrous in detailThe Invasion of CubaAn operation that was a combination of individual and unit heroism, of hardship, betrayal, and SNAFU.
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I strongly recommend this history book for its completeness, faithfulness to the facts and for its ease of reading. Most history books or writings on the Bay of Pigs address the macro facts only, one more incident of the Cold War between the US-Kennedy and Russia-Kruschev geopolitical struggle for world prestige and influence, this time with Cuba for background. These writings totally neglect the human drama and the immediate actors behind the Bay of Pigs Action that answer the multiple questions as to WHY the invasion happened, What was the incentive for those who participated in this tragedy and finally, What was lost by allowing it to fail; this is, after all, what makes history an interesting, fascinating and absorbing narrative. With the loss of Cuba, the most pro-American bastion in Latin America, the world prestige of our country began its decline and the Monroe Doctrine ceased to exist in the Americas.