- Paperback: 492 pages
- Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; Reprint edition (February 16, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1634502779
- ISBN-13: 978-1634502771
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 8.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
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It is no secret that the CIA engaged in a variety of schemes, some bordering on farcical, and utilized a variety of unsavory individuals (or “assets”) to carry out the removal of Fidel Castro. After the brush with nuclear war during the Cuban missile crisis, those efforts were largely abandoned. But for die-hard anti-Castro Cubans and their American supporters, the efforts continued. Mellen, a journalist and professor of English at Temple University, has written an interesting but often confusing chronicle of some of these efforts centered around Robert Kleberg Jr. Kleberg owned the giant King Ranch in Texas and had owned ranches in Cuba, which the Castro government expropriated. He was aided by several Cuban exiles who had originally supported Castro’s efforts to topple the Batista regime. When Mellen sticks to their plots, her story is often absorbing, but she frequently veers off into diatribes against the supposed duplicity of the CIA, primarily because it kept Kleberg and his associates at arm’s length. Still, this is a useful, if uneven, examination of aspects of the long, futile campaign to oust Castro. --Jay Freeman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A must read’ for the serious minded, who will find it both riveting and fascinating in yet another chapter of the untold history of the Cold War.”Peter Janney, author of Mary’s Mosaic
Until now, the role of Texas’ King Ranch in anti-Castro activities during the turbulent 1960s has remained largely unknown. Based on never-before-seen documents and interviews with key witnesses, Joan Mellen opens an important new window on the CIA's secret history.” Dick Russell, author of On the Trail of the JFK Assassins
Joan Mellen tells a brilliantly researched, meticulously supported, and compulsively readable tale that everyone concerned with how America operates should know.”Samuel R. Delany, author of Dhalgren and Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders
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I first heard about this book when the author was interviewed on an NPR show, either Diane Rehm or Terry Gross. A professor who teaches creative writing has written a piece of well research journalistic non-fiction? And since I live in Miami Beach and have become very interested in learning more about the more recent Cuban history, I decided to purchase the book. This week when one of my college students who is himself Cuban born saw the book, he asked if I would let him read it which I will. And before we ended the conversation, I confirmed how different what I told him I had read was from the propaganda Cuban students are fed.
This book has a complete bibliography as well as notes at the end. When I finished this book, I was more convinced than ever that the CIA is really a very dangerous organization and that, indeed, the reason the Bay of Pigs failed was because the CIA wished that, hoping that then-President Kennedy would focus on Vietnam where the CIA was certain the United States would find itself in a long, long war that would, of course, produce wealth for private enterprises--many out of Texas--who provide all the "stuff" needed in wars.
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This book does not prove anything and has very little information on the CIA.Read more