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The Bay of Pigs (Pivotal Moments in American History)

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In The Bay of Pigs, Howard Jones provides a concise, incisive, and dramatic account of the disastrous attempt to overthrow Castro in April 1961. Drawing on recently declassified CIA documents, Jones deftly examines the train of missteps and self-deceptions that led to the invasion of U.S.-trained exiles at the Bay of Pigs.

Ignoring warnings from the ambassador to Cuba, the Eisenhower administration put in motion an operation that proved nearly unstoppable even after the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. The CIA and Pentagon, meanwhile, both voiced confidence in the outcome of the invasion, especially after coordinating previous successful coups in Guatemala and Iran. And so the Kennedy administration launched the exile force toward its doom in Cochinos Bay on April 17, 1961. Jones gives a riveting account of the battle--and the confusion in the White House--before moving on to explore its implications. The Bay of Pigs, he writes, set the course of Kennedy's foreign policy. It was a humiliation for the administration that fueled fears of Communist domination and pushed Kennedy toward a hardline "cold warrior" stance. But at the same time, the failed attack left him deeply skeptical of CIA and military advisers and influenced his later actions during the Cuban missile crisis.

About the Author

Howard Jones is the author of Mutiny on the Amistad and Death of a Generation. He is University Research Professor of History at the University of Alabama.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Prologue

1. Genesis

2. Trinidad

3. Zapata

4. Politics

5. D-Day

6. Requiem

7. Inquisition

Epilogue

Abbreviations in Notes

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199754250
Author:
Jones, Howard
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Howard
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Americas (North Central South West Indies)
Subject:
History, American | Since 1945
Subject:
World History-General
Series:
Pivotal Moments in American History
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
6 x 9.25 x 0.8 in 0.8 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Latin America » Cuba
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » US History » 1945 to Present
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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