By Jim Rasenberger
A REMARKABLY GRIPPING ACCOUNT OF AMERICA’S BAY OF PIGS situation, DRAWING ON LONG-HIDDEN CIA files AND providing, AS by no means sooner than, THE bright TRUTH—AND CONSEQUENCES—OF 5 PIVOTAL DAYS IN APRIL 1961
The U.S.-backed army invasion of Cuba in 1961 is still probably the most ill-fated mistakes in American heritage, with echoes of the development reverberating even this day. regardless of the Kennedy administration’s preliminary public insistence that the USA had not anything to do with the invasion, it quickly grew to become transparent that the complicated operation have been deliberate and licensed by way of the simplest and brightest minds on the optimum reaches of Washington, together with the Joint Chiefs of employees and President John F. Kennedy himself.
The Cuban-born invaders have been informed via CIA officials, provided with American matériel, and shadowed by way of the U.S. military. touchdown via sea with fighter-plane help, they was hoping to set up an army beachhead and spark a counterrevolution opposed to Fidel Castro’s regime. The gambit used to be an attractive failure, leading to the loss of life or imprisonment of greater than one thousand males. In its wake, the U.S. seemed inept, reckless, and corrupt.
Now, journalist Jim Rasenberger takes a better examine this darkly interesting incident in American background. on the center of the situation stood President Kennedy, and Rasenberger strains what Kennedy knew, suggestion, and stated as occasions opened up. He examines even if Kennedy was once manipulated through the CIA into approving a plan that will finally contain the yankee army. He additionally attracts compelling pics of the opposite figures who performed key roles within the drama: Castro, who almost immediately after reaching strength visited long island urban and used to be cheered via hundreds of thousands (just months ahead of the U.S. begun plotting his demise); Dwight Eisenhower, who initially ordered the key application, then later disavowed it; Allen Dulles, the CIA director who can have informed Kennedy concerning the plan ahead of he was once elected president (or so Richard Nixon suspected); and Richard Bissell, the famously tremendous “deus ex machina” who ran the operation for the CIA—and took the blame while it failed. past the temporary fallout, Rasenberger demonstrates, the Bay of Pigs gave upward push to additional and larger woes, together with the Cuban Missile quandary, the Vietnam warfare, or even, almost certainly, the assassination of John Kennedy.
Written with based readability and narrative verve, The remarkable catastrophe is the main whole account of this occasion to this point, supplying not just a fast moving chronicle of the catastrophe yet an research of the way it occurred—a query as proper at the present time as then—and the way it profoundly altered the process sleek American background.
"Important and engrossing paintings, supplying up-to-date historical past because of lately declassified documents." -Library magazine (starred review)
"A balanced, engrossing account of the U.S-backed invasion of Fidel Castro's Cuba....succeeds admirably in providing a nuanced view of the total botched operation." -Kirkus (starred overview)
"What i admire approximately Jim Rasenberger's richly distinctive, startlingly revisionist account of the Bay of Pigs invasion is his sheer storytelling skill, the fantastic, regular march of plot and counterplot, of heroes and foils. His story is chock filled with larger-than-life characters--from JFK to Castro, mafia bossses, and the steely-eyed, hypersmart males of the hot Frontier. The superb Disaster is what heritage must be: sharply drawn and with a continuing eye at the huge picture." -S. C. Gwynne, writer of Empire of the summer time Moon
"If you're keen on Mad males, undercover agent novels, and remarkable writing, you'll love the bright catastrophe. I'f you're new to any of those, ponder Jim Rasenberger your consultant to 1 of the main interesting and dramatic episodes of the United States, post-Korea, pre Vietnam and the chilly conflict. He has written an grand account that speeds alongside, one dramatic cloak and dagger scene after one other, all judiciously stated. the folk in his e-book come to lifestyles, vividly-you pay attention them, see them, and comprehend them, even supposing you'll now not accept as true with them. this is often hugely enjoyable and engrossing history." -Doug Stanton, writer of Horse Soldiers