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Decision for Disaster: Betrayal at the Bay of Pigs Paperback – January 1, 2000
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Good read. Having just read Brilliant Disaster by Jim Rasenberger, this book poses one CIA version of the events. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paraclete
THE BOOK IS GOOD FOR THE HISTORICAL PART OF THE COMPONENTS. IT WOULD BENIFICIAL IF THE BOOK COULD BE EXPANDED TO ADD IN OTHER ACTIVITIES SURROUNDING IT IN THE SOUTH FLORIDA AREA AT... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Glen Beyer
Finally a book from someone who was there that tells in heart wrenching details how Kennedy's decisions led to failure and the death and capture of many brave men.Published 15 months ago by E. J. Nunez
Written by someone who actually was at the scene of the invasion and watched the evolving action, this narrative, brief and to the bone,
is a cry of disappointment in the... Read more
There is useful factual information in this book but eventually it becomes clear the author is using the book to express personal feelings. Read morePublished 22 months ago by L. Dougherty