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Castro's Secrets: The CIA and Cuba's Intelligence Machineby Brian Latell
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In CASTRO'S SECRETS, highly acclaimed author and intelligence expert Brian Latell offers a strikingly original view of Fidel Castro in his role as Cuba's supreme spymaster. Based on interviews with high level defectors from Cuba's powerful intelligence and security services, long-buried secrets of Fidel's nearly 50-year reign are exposed for the first time. They include numerous assassinations and attempted ones carried out on Castro's orders, some against foreign leaders. More than a dozen ranking Cuban secret agents embraced by the CIA and FBI speak in these pages; some have never told their stories on the record before. Latell also probes dispassionately into the CIA's most deplorable plots against Cuba - including previously obscure schemes to assassinate Castro - and presents shocking new conclusions about what Fidel actually knew of Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
"Latell (After Fidel), senior research associate at the University of Miami's Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies, draws on his nearly four decades of tracking Castro for the CIA for this authoritative exposÃ© of 'the mysteries and crimes of Cuban intelligence over the last half century.' To augment his extensive knowledge of Castro's Cuba, the author conducted extensive interviews with defectors from Cuba's elite intelligence and security services, interviewed CIA officers, and read thousands of pages of declassified CIA documents. Much of what he reports confirms existing knowledge: the details of Kennedy's 'bloody covert war against Fidel'; the CIA's efforts to assassinate Castro; and Castro's support for guerrilla movements in Latin America. Latell also uncovers some occasionally shocking new information: that Castro quickly developed an elite spy agency and managed to keep the CIA 'ignorant of Cuban capabilities' for decades; that Castro himself was Cuba's 'supreme spymaster'; and that Castro knew about Lee Harvey Oswald's plan to assassinate Kennedy. Despite his best efforts to link Castro to the assassination, however, Latell manages only to show that the dictator knew more about Oswald than he has admitted. While he documents Kennedy's obsession with Castro, he fails to ask why. Even so, Latell provides a lively and revealing account of the long intelligence war between the U.S. and Cuba. Agent: Sterling Lord, Sterling Lord Literistic." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Published to glowing reviews, this riveting narrative takes us back to when the Cuban Revolution was young and offers a new and surprising look at Fidel Castro. Drawing on interviews with high-level defectors from Cuban intelligence, Cuba expert Brian Latell creates a vivid narrative that chronicles Castros crimes from his university days through nearly 50 years in power. As Cubas supreme spymaster Fidel built up an intelligence system that became one of best and most aggressive anywhere. Latell argues that the CIA grossly underestimated the Cubans extraordinary abilities to run moles and double agents and to penetrate the highest levels of American institutions. He reveals new details about the CIAs most deplorable plots against Cuba and shocking new findings about what Fidel actually knew of Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
In this riveting Cold War history, highly acclaimed author Brian Latell offers us a new and surprising look at Fidel Castro. Latell draws his narrative on personal interviews with high level defectors from Cubas intelligence, many of whom have not spoken out for over nearly five decades. The result is a vivid and revelatory account that revises our understanding of how Fidel operated, what his goals were, and how he imagined the future for his tiny island nation. Latell takes us from from the crimes Fidel allegedly committed as a youth in the anti-Battista movement, to how quickly he built up an intelligence system that rivaled the Soviet Unions KGB and Britains M15 in effectiveness, and how that translated into a feud with JFKs administration and the CIA, and the ultimate confrontation during the Cuban Missile Crises that brought the world to the brink of a nuclear holocaust.
About the Author
Brian Latell has tracked Castro for the CIA since the 1960s. He is the recognized authority in Cuban-American history with regular appearances on NBC News, as well as CNN and NPR. His articles have appeared in The Miami Herald and Time. Currently, he is a senior research associate at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami. Latell is the author of After Fidel. He livesin Key Biscayne, Florida.
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