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Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder, and the Cold War in the Caribbean Hardcover – March 29, 2011
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About the Author
Alex von Tunzelmann is the author of Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder, and the Cold War in the Caribbean and Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire. She was educated at Oxford and lives in London.
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But, as well as argumentative history, Red Heat is a tour de force of narrative history - fizzing with stories of espionage, sex, sadism and statecraft.
Refreshingly the author has not sacrificed her sense of decency or sense of humour in dealing with the story (Red Heat is perhaps the funniest serious history book I have read in a while, in terms of the author's asides, chapter headings and use of piquant quotations). Kennedy is no saint, Che Guevara no martyr.
This is a splended book, which should re-engage those who remember the age - and entertain and inform those who missed it.
Alex von Tunzelmann was educated in Oxford and lives in London. Her book deals mainly with the last 100 years of Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic, the history of brutal dictatorships, revolutions and imperialist (US) interference. Her view is refreshingly objective. She neither spares criticism of the main culprits (Batista, Papa Doc, Trujillo, Eisenhower, the Kennedy and Castro brothers) nor does she forget the fate of the people. Without the anticommunist phobia of the time, in particular in the USA, history in all those countries probably would have taken a different course.
Most importantly, of course, is the course the Cuban revolution took. Without US ignorance and anticommunist bias Fidel might not have followed the communist route favored by his younger brother, Raul, and by Ché Guevara. Fidel is described as a radical social democrat who always kept his distance to the Communist Party, which was somehow complicit in the Batista dictatorship. He tried not to antagonize the USA in any way but was nevertheless pushed by the Eisenhower administration to lean more on his more leftist fellow revolutionaries. The Kennedy brothers played an even more hawkish role, in particular Robert. They inherited the Bay of Pigs campaign, lost it, and tried to take revenge for this loss by isolating Cuba in the hemisphere (OAS), putting an economic boycott in place, by planning Castro's murder and the overthrow of his then popular regime. JFK only felt vindicated after he achieved a success in the missile crisis against Nikita Krushchev.Read more ›
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I'm a Political Science Major and this is a great resource for foreign policy of the eraPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
- of the cold war Caribbean. All your faves are here: El Benefactor, El Comandante, and Papa Doc as they interact and entwine with the Colossus of the North and the Triple E/Evil... Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. L. Huff
I just got this out of the library, although I could have purchased it for $.01 + $3.99 shipping. Hey, I wasn't convinced that it was ex-ante worth it. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lenny Breau
After reading "indian Summer" by Alex Von Tunzelmann, I'd read anything she wrote. That's how I came across this book. Read morePublished 24 months ago by J. Julio E. Herrera V
After Indian Summer, this is another well researched book by Alex. Arguably cold war had been the most decisive factor to make the kind of political climate we are living in - most... Read morePublished on July 24, 2014 by Prem Prakash @premp2006
I was born in the Finland of the 1960s and went through school in the seventies. All that time I was taught that Cuba is more Soviet than the Soviet Union and that nothing will... Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by Heikki Hietala
A brilliant "popular" history of misguided US policies in the countries of Dominican Republic, Haiti and, most importantly, Cuba from the 50's through the Cuban Missle crisis, JFK... Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by A. K. Berg