Synopses & Reviews
and#147;Joan Mellen tells a brilliantly researched, meticulously supported, and compulsively readable tale that everyone concerned with how America operates should know.and#8221; and#151;Samuel R. Delany, author of Dhalgren and Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders
The Great Game in Cuba uses the backdrop of the Cuban Revolution to examine the CIAand#8217;s inner workings during the fifties and sixties. Detailing the agencyand#8217;s lies and deceits, Mellen paints a vivid behind-the-scenes picture of the CIA in Cuba after the Castro revolution: what it wanted and the lengths it was willing to go to paralyze the opposition to Fidel Castro.
The game begins with Robert J. Kleberg, Jr., proprietor of the legendary King Ranch, one of the largest ranches in the world. Klebergand#8217;s messianic ambitions bring him to Cuba, where he establishes a satellite ranch managed by his right-hand man, the James Bondand#150;type character Michael J. P. Malone, who secretly reported to both the FBI and to at least five CIA handlers.
From there, the plot thickens as an array of Cubans share never-before-revealed information regarding the agencyand#8217;s activities in Cuba and its attempts to unseat Castro and install a CIA-friendly figurehead in his place. The mysterious disappearance of Camilo Cienfuegos, a major figure in Castroand#8217;s government, is told here for the first time. The agencyand#8217;s shady dealings with a major US publication are uncovered.
A testament to the sheer volume of previously classified and untold information, The Great Game in Cuba is a story the world needs to hear.
About the Author
Joan Mellen is the bestselling author of twenty books, including A Farewell to Justice, her biographical study of Jim Garrisonand#8217;s New Orleans investigation of the Kennedy assassination. She has written for a variety of publications, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Baltimore Sun. Mellen is a professor of English and creative writing at Temple University in Philadelphia.