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"Gray Lynch was there at the Bay of Pigs and was in perfect position to write the definitive ground-level account of what went right and what went wrong. His anger toward the men at the top is the anger of a patriot who feels he was betrayed. This is not a book for those who love Camelot."

"Grabs and retains the reader's attention with fastpaced action, convincing tactical commentary, tales of bravery, a few accounts of cowardice, and the story of a brutal, tragic end to the enterprise."

"This book is his testimony--a devastating corrective to the historical pseudo-record."

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Grayston L. Lynch is a retired U.S. Army captain and a former CIA officer. He was wounded at Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, and Heartbreak Ridge in Korea; served with the Special Forces in Laos; and received three Purple Hearts, two Silver Stars and one Bronze Star with a "V" for valor, among other awards. He joined the CIA in 1960. For his heroism at the Bay of Pigs, Lynch was awarded the Intelligence Star, the CIA's most coveted award. In the six years after the Bay of Pigs, he ran commando raids into Cuba. Lynch retired from the CIA in 1971.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574882376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574882377
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Thomas Ray on June 8, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I read this book with an insider's knowledge based upon the 18 years it took my family and I to recover my father's remains, which laid frozen in a Havana morgue, hidden by Washington and the Kennedy Administration. My father, Thomas "Pete" Ray was one of the American CIA B-26 pilots who gave his life attempting to save the "Bay of Pigs" invasion. My thanks go to Grayston Lynch for telling the true and compelling story of how Jack and Robert Kennedy betrayed so many in the planning and execution of the invasion, then falsely placed the blame for failure on the CIA and the brave men who actually went into harm's way. Washington even went so far as to terrorize the families of the four lost CIA pilots into silence. This book should be required reading for any politician or senior military officer before they are allowed to commit men or women to combat or covert operations.
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As a Cuban, I always knew that the U.S. governments theories on the failed invasion were a total and complete cover-up. After reading this book, it shows how correct I was. This book takes you through the story of the doomed 2506 Brigade from the training in Nicaragua to the desprate search for survivors. The book is written by one of the two American CIA agents sent with the Brigade to maintain communications between the Brigade and Washington. The book is devided into three main parts. The first part describes Castros Revolution, the planning for the attack, and the training of the Brigade. The second part describes the actual attacks on the two landing sites, Blue Beach and Red Beach.The final part of the book compares the government explinations for the faliure against what really happend, showing how the Kennedy administration betrayed not only the doomed men of the Brigade, but the American people, for had the Brigad succeded, there would have been no Cuban Missle Crisis, no civil wars in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Colombia, and the Soviet threat would have been eliminated much earlier. I would recomend this book to anyone willing to learn how their government is betraying them.
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History, we are discovering, is rarely what we are taught. What we think we know about an event is usually the result of carefully doled out information from people or organizations with an agenda. That is the traditional account of the Bay of Pigs Invasion.

Decision for Disaster is the version from a person who was actually there, CIA officer Grayston Lynch. Lynch tells the story in minute detail, including background. Lynch's story is biased, to be sure, from the viewpoint of the CIA. He pulls no punches in blaming John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Dean Rusk, and others in what he calls "The New Frontier."

In writing the CIA's perspective of the Bay of Pigs disaster, Lynch minimizes or omits the White House perspective on the event. Don't expect a balanced report. On the other hand, you'll learn some things here you didn't get in the doling out of information from other government sources. It is an insider's account.

While Lynch criticizes JFK for breaking promises and refusing to authorize the crucial air cover, he (Lynch) does not mention that blatant USA official involvement might have escalated the event and resulted in a confrontation or war with the Soviet Union, perhaps even a nuclear war, which we barely avoided later in the Cuban Missile Crisis.

There has always been a question over whether the CIA has had and continues to have too much power. In Decision for Disaster, Lynch seemed to think JFK and his advisers were meddling in a CIA operation. Which tail is wagging which dog?

After the Bay of Pigs, Kennedy fired CIA director Allen Dulles and CIA official Richard Bissell. Since 1963, there has been much speculation that the CIA, or at least elements of it, assassinated John F. Kennedy.
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Grayston Lynch was one of two American "advisors" who stormed the Bay of Pigs with the 2506 Assault Brigade on April 17, 1961. In Decision for Disaster, Lynch attempts to set the record straight on what caused the mission to fail. He offers a unique perspective in that his position privileged him to the inner happenings of CIA and White House planning, yet he can also give a firsthand account of the battle itself, having fired the first shots of the invasion himself. Lynch is clearly not content in the contemporary historical account of the Bay of Pigs, proclaiming in the preface that "the true story has never been told, until now." Lynch goes on to tell his story with reasoned contempt for Castro and Camelot, and a deep reverence for the 2506 Assault Brigade.

Lynch became a player in the Bay of Pigs in December 1960. The Texan had just retired from a 22 year career with the US Army, most recently as the captain of a US Army Special Forces A-Team in Laos. He had seen combat and was wounded at Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge and Heartbreak Ridge in Korea. He was awarded two Silver Stars and a Bronze Star with Valor. The Cuban cause was something that Lynch took to heart; even after the Bay of Pigs he continued to play a major role in anti-Castro commando raids. His decision to write this book now came from the recent passing away of his fellow "advisor" William "Rip" Robertson and the declassification of items essential to the telling of the story. Besides using his first-hand account, Lynch enlisted the knowledge of commanding officers and 2506 Assault Brigade survivors in writing this book.

Lynch had his book published by Potomac Books which was founded in 1983 as a part of British publishing house Brassey's.
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