- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Paper) (May 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671254138
- ISBN-13: 978-0671254131
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Bay of Pigs: The Untold Story Paperback – May, 1980
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Allen Dulles was on a roll, having just used the CIA to take over Guatamala, and install a government we liked there.
Ike had never signed off the the Cuban plan, but let it continue. Kennedy came in and thought that Ike had approved it.
It was a fiasco from the start, with Kennedy demanding that he might pull the plug on the last day before the invasion, if he did not like it. The CIA and the military could not conceive that once things started that air support would be refused.
I knew from years ago that Kennedy had denied air support from our own Navy for the invasion.
What I did not know until reading this book was that Kennedy also reduced the size of the liberation forces B26 strikes, and eliminated 2 of them, thus allowing Fidel's air force to survive and slaughter the freedom fighters on the beach and their supplies coming in from the sea.
Also, the Alabama National guard had and pilots who trained the Cubans in flying the B26 and 2 of them were killed when they flew strikes in for ground support of the invasion.
Moving the target landing zone from Trinidad to the Bay of Pigs at the last minute eliminated any chance of survivors escaping into the mountains to fight as guerillas if anything went wrong, and everything went wrong.
The CIA flaws are numerous. They did not know about a reef that everybody in the area knew about, and sunk the supply ships.
They refused to place guns on the supply ships as unneeded, as there would be air cover, and were forced to because the owner of the ships would not let them use the ships unless they were armed. The guns were used a lot.Read more ›
While showing that the invasion was not the best or most moral of ideas, W. provides sympathetic portraits of many participants. Many, too many, believed that the U. S. would intervene before seeing the attempt squashed. The tendency to underrate those of insufficiently white culture made an important contribution.
Now overshadowed by the subsequent Cuban Missile Crisis, the Bay of Pigs was one of the events motivating the rise of the New Left.
a good read.
The meetings leading up the the Bay of Pigs invasion- one meant to overthrow the Castro government and return Cuba to democracy- are said to have involved "groupthink"- the reluctance of individuals to disagree with a train of thought which appeared popular to the group overall.Read more ›
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Bay of Pigs recounts the U.S.'s ill-fated attempt at overthrowing the Castro regime in Cuba. Preoccupied with maintaining the farce that this was an internal uprising staged by... Read morePublished on May 23, 2014 by Harold Y. Grooms
Interesting but pretty dry, a lot if extra information & a cast of characters that are hard to keep track of.Published on July 5, 2013 by Grmpfrog
I am glad I was lent this book because while yes the book is full of graphs and photos(black and white)and information the way it begins and the way it concludes is not surprise To... Read morePublished on January 7, 2012 by Jose Lopez