The Bay of Pigs

The Bay of Pigs

by Howard Jones


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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: 9780199754250
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 09/07/2010
Series: Pivotal Moments in American History Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 599,689
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Howard Jones is the author of Mutiny on the Amistad and Death of a Generation. He is University Research Professor of History at the University of Alabama.

Table of Contents

Editor's Note     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
Prologue     1
Genesis     9
Trinidad     31
Zapata     45
Politics     75
D-Day     95
Requiem     113
Inquisition     131
Epilogue     153
Notes     175
Bibliography     215
Index     225

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