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The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs
 
 
Author
Jim Rasenberger.
Publisher Scribner  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.4 inches
ISBN 9781416596509
Pages/Publication Date 461/2011
Daedalus Item Code 32253
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The United States–backed military invasion of Cuba in 1961 remains one of the most ill-fated military blunders in American history, with echoes of the event reverberating even today. Despite the Kennedy administration's initial public insistence that the United States had nothing to do with the invasion, it soon became clear that the complex operation had been planned and approved at the highest levels of government. Landing by sea with fighter-plane support, the Cuban-born, CIA-trained invaders hoped to establish a military beachhead and spark a counterrevolution against Fidel Castro's regime. Drawing on long-hidden CIA documents, Jim Rasenberger takes a closer look at this darkly fascinating incident in American history, in particular tracing what Kennedy knew, thought, and said as events unfolded.

"What I love about Jim Rasenberger's richly detailed, startlingly revisionist account of the Bay of Pigs invasion is his sheer storytelling ability, the wonderful, steady march of plot and counterplot, of heroes and foils. His tale is chock full of larger-than-life-characters—from JFK to Castro, mafia bosses, and the steely-eyed, hyper smart men of the New Frontier. The Brilliant Disaster is what history ought to be: sharply drawn and with a constant eye on the big picture."—S.C. Gwynne

 
 
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