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Bay of Pigs

CIA's Cuban Disaster, April 1961

Phil Carradice

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Pen and Sword
01 June 2018
Perhaps not in casualties but as far as prestige and standing in the world were concerned, the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961 was the worst disaster to befall the USA since the War of 1812 when British forces burned the White House. Badly planned, badly organized, the affair was littered with mistakes from start to finish - not least with an inept performance by John F. Kennedy and his new administration.

Supposedly an attempt by Cuban exiles to regain their homeland, the whole operation was funded and equipped by the USA. When things began to go wrong with the landings at Playa Larga and Playa Giron on the southern coast of Cuba President Kennedy and his advisers began overruling military decisions with the result that the invading Brigade 2506 - made up of Cuban exiles - was left with little or no air cover, limited ammunition and no easy escape.

Fidel Castro made great play of his success and American failure at the Bay of Pigs. He, like Nikita Khrushchev, thought Kennedy was weak: the Cuban Missile Crisis of the following year was almost an inevitable consequence of the disaster.
By:   Phil Carradice
Imprint:   Pen and Sword
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9781526728296
ISBN 10:   152672829X
Series:   Cold War 1945-1991
Pages:   136
Publication Date:   01 June 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Phil Carradice is a poet, novelist and historian. He has written over fifty books, the most recent being _The Call-up: A Study of Peacetime Conscription in Britain and Napoleon in�__Defeat and Captivity_. He presents the BBC Wales history programme _The Past Master_ and is a regular broadcaster on both TV and radio. A native of Pembroke Dock, he now lives in the Vale of Glamorgan but travels extensively in the course of his work. Educated at Cardiff University and at Cardiff College of Education, Phil is a former head teacher but now lives as a full-time writer and is regarded as one of Wales's best creative writing tutors. He writes extensively for several Pen & Sword military history series including 'Cold War 1945-1991', Death Squads' (on massacres and genocides) and 'Architects of Terror'.

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