Bay of Pigs

CIA's Cuban Disaster, April 1961

Phil Carradice

 
Date Published :
May 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Cold War 1945–1991
Illustration :
20 color & 80 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781526728296

Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches Pages : 136
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$24.95

Overview
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Perhaps not in casualties but as far as prestige and standing in the world were concerned, the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961 was the worst disaster to befall the USA since the War of 1812 when British forces burned the White House. Badly planned, badly organized, the affair was littered with mistakes from start to finish – not least with an inept performance by John F Kennedy and his new administration.

Supposedly an attempt by Cuban exiles to regain their homeland, the whole operation was funded and equipped by the USA. When things began to go wrong with the landings at Playa Larga and Playa Giron on the southern coast of Cuba President Kennedy and his advisers began overruling military decisions with the result that the invading Brigade 2506 – made up of Cuban exiles – was left with little or no air cover, limited ammunition and no easy escape.

Fidel Castro made great play of his success and American failure at the Bay of Pigs. He, like Nikita Khrushchev, thought Kennedy was weak: the Cuban Missile Crisis of the following year was almost an inevitable consequence of the disaster.

About The Author
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Phil Carradice is a well-known writer and historian with over 60 books to his credit. A poet, story teller and broadcaster, his most recent books are 'The Cuban Missile Crisis' (Pen and Sword), 'The Call Up' (Fonthill) and the novel 'Stargazers' for Accent Press. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio and TV, presents the BBC Wales History programme 'The Past Master' and is widely regarded as one of the finest creative writing tutors in Wales.

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