Synopses & Reviews
A sexy, shoot-em-up telling of the CIA and FBI's attempts to take control of Castro's Cuba before and during the Kennedy administration, Pavia's colorful account reveals high-stakes bumbling and wishful thinking on the part of U.S. intelligence and diplomatic officials. The story features a bold cast of characters: Casino owners, washed up oddities like actor Errol Flynn, mob boss Santo Trafficante, and a covert band of ex-cons dubbed the "Doughnut Army" converge with countless agents trying to keep a lid on the tinderbox of revolutionary Cuba and Cuban Miami. The book is based on extensive interviews with the American Cold Warriors who lived and breathed "The Cuba Project."
Set in the dark underworlds of 1950s Miami and East Harlem, the riveting story of the FBI's "Tamale Squad," tasked with gaining Cuban intelligence.
About the Author
is the author of Dutch Uncle
, a novel, and co-author of The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry.
His work has appeared in many publications including The New York Times
, New York Post
, GQ, Detour
, and Gear.
He lives in New York with his wife and daughter.
Table of Contents
Viva La Revolucion! * A Tale of Two Miamis * The Tamale Squad * "The Revolution has Nothing to Ask For" * Nazi Spies * History Precedes Itself First as Farce: The Strange Story of the Donut Army * The Real Deal * The Hook * Politics by Other Means * His Own Good * La Bahia de Cochinos * We Might Have Stood Had I Not Fallen * The Past Remains Prologue