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The Bay of Pigs: The Untold Story Paperback – May, 1980

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • 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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By Thomas H. Savery on February 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The writer gives a blow by blow discription of what happened to cause the Bay of Pigs disaster.
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.
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P. Wyden makes a fine illustration of the events. From the moment that a Republican Administration decided to launch military activities against Castro, the recruiting of the Exile participants, the CIA involvement in the training phase, and to the acceptance of the Kennedy Administration to expand the US committment, Wyden provides extensive insight and details not available before. He is also excellent in collecting first hand accounts from the Leaders and participants of the 2506 Brigade and captures their mixed emotions and opinions concerning the support they received from the USA.Compared to most books written about this subject, Wyden's is the most reliable and accurate that I've read.
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A detailed account of the Bay of Pigs landing derived from the author's interview with Fidel Castro and various U.S. government officials. The author goes into detailed explanations for the fiasco: From the Bay of Pigs CIA planner Richard Bissell's explanation of basically lacking control of the air to smaller mistakes, such as the reluctance to place anti-aircraft guns on the invasion ships. The interviews with Castro reveals his planning and expectations of the landing and his concern for been assassinated. There is hardly any reference to the imprisonment of the Cuban exiles for two years and the efforts to get them released. Mainly for that reason I prefer Haynes Johnson's account of the Bay of Pigs
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This is a model of narrative history, balanced and thorough. how Lopez could call it an apology for Kennedy is difficult to ascertain. W. points to both the strengths and weaknesses of the new President. Like most new presidents, K. was more likely to defer to the experts than hindsight would support.
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.
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Factual book, and revealing of what really happened, and who is responsible for the failure of the invasion. The objective of the plan was to free Cuba from communism. The initial military plan was sound, but then the politicians changed the location of the invasion from Trinidad (very close to the mountains to establish a guerrilla stronghold in case the invasion was not succesful) to the Bay of Pigs, a peninsula surrounded by swamps, far from the mountains. Then politicians (mainly President Kennedy) cancelled crucial air strikes two days prior to D Day, and on the morning of D Day. The result being that Castro's air force was not eliminated. Then on D Day, President Kennedy refused to provide air support, allowing Castro's air fighters to sink anything approaching the beaches. Bottom Line: The US Government allowed 1,500 men to invade Cuba, then left them to be killed or captured, refusing to help with air cover. It was more important to "keep the noise down" instead of achieving victory. Does this sound familiar?
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In "Bay of Pigs", Peter Wyden pulls out all the stops- and asks the many questions that remained unasked for nearly two decades after the infamous episode in America's foreign relations. The Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 had originally been planned by Eisenhower before he left office in January 1961- and he handed over the plan of action to Kennedy- who was trying to paint himself as a tough anti-Communist at a time when the Cold War was raging. It's well known that the U.S. backed the unpopular dictator Fulgencia batista in Cuba and millions of Cuban citizens were not happy with the status quo. Fidel Castro saw an opening and fought a guerilla war against the government, taking power in January 1959 and quickly seizing control of major industries, the press and many other operations, including the lucrative casinos and illicit operations run largely by the America Mafia. Mafia leaders were outraged and wanted retribution and their property back. It has been speculated for almost four decades exactly what Kennedy discussed with his advisors in the CIA and other intelligance agencies- and how he came to the fateful decision to invade Cuba (it had only been in the planning stages until then). Yet- he made the final decision- somewhat half-heartedly- and it turned out to be a public relations disaster, leading Kennedy to go before reporters and utter his famous quote "It's been said that success has a thousand fathers, yet failure is an orphan".

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.
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