The Castro Obsession: U.S. Covert Operations in Cuba, 1959-1965

The Castro Obsession: U.S. Covert Operations in Cuba, 1959-1965

by Don Bohning
     
 

ISBN-10: 1574886762

ISBN-13: 9781574886764

Pub. Date: 08/31/2006

Publisher: Potomac Books

"At the height of the Cold War, the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations made removing Fidel Castro's regime one of their highest foreign policy priorities. Their fervent desire to get rid of Castro led to the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion, but the efforts to oust his regime did not end there. It became an obsession." "The Castro Obsession provides new insight…  See more details below

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"At the height of the Cold War, the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations made removing Fidel Castro's regime one of their highest foreign policy priorities. Their fervent desire to get rid of Castro led to the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion, but the efforts to oust his regime did not end there. It became an obsession." "The Castro Obsession provides new insight into the bold U.S. covert war against Cuba that lasted from 1959 until 1965. Primarly through the CIA and the military, the United States resorted to economic and political destabilization, propaganda, sabotage, hit-and-run raids, and assassination plots to try to topple the regime. This secret war was one of the most wide-ranging, sustained, expensive, and ultimately futile covert action campaigns in history." Instead of ridding the hemisphere of a dictator, these efforts increased his international political stature and provided him the excuse for more repression in Cuba. U.S. attempts to overthrow Castro also had dire unintended consequences, such as contributing to the Soviet decision to install nuclear missiles in Cuba, which produced the most dangerous crisis of the Cold War. Bohning sheds new light on this covert war, revealing that it was even more extensive, risky, and long-lived than previously thought.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574886764
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
08/31/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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