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Bay of Pigs

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The 1962 CIA invasion of Cuba by anti-Castro exiles at the Bay of Pigs has endured as America's greatest overt covert flop. The planning & misexecution of the project has been covered until now mainly as a subtheme in memoirs & general books about the JFK years. Former Newsweek correspondent Wyden has gathered information from the Cuban exiles & from within ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 1979 by Jonathan Cape (London) (first published 1979)
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David Classing
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book starts a little slow with the technical data and the planning, and the biographies of the individuals assigned under Eisenhower to hatch this invasion of Cuba. The first 20% of the book, quite frankly, is a bit dull and difficult to read, however "the action" soon heats up.

I'm not sure how much research went into this work, but it is very informative and easy to read, once the initial pages are finished. It almost reads like a spy novel, but we all know the seriousness of the Bay of
Jun 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
The book was meticulously researched and offers a variety of perspectives: from interviews with Cuban leader Fidel Castro and CIA executives such as Richard Bissell through to Cubans who lived by the Bay of Pigs and fighters from both sides of the invasion. Here's to hoping that the CIA and military planners aren't nearly as incompetent today as they were in 1961 -- though considering the intelligence on Iraq, that may be wishful thinking.
Apr 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was on the bookshelf in my grandparent's dining room for my whole childhood and from as early as I can remember I dreamt of reading it. I was very interested in pigs from a young age and their copy had a yellow cover which I prefer to the cover image shown above. When my grandma moved to a nursing home, this is one of the books I kept and finally I read it. It took my a long time because it was actually pretty dull and hard to read because it was talking about military men and ...more
Andrew Scholes
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
What an unmitigated disaster. Total lack of communications. Lack of understanding what they were getting into.
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
A Must Read about the failed invasion of Cuba to overthrow Castro.
Kathy  Petersen
May I say this is a very good book - and also say I was so blogged down with all the persons and details that I had to slog through it? Not a fan of military history, still I wanted to find out about this ghastly event in our relatively recent history (yes, I remember it a little!)and thus I admire the work for its research and completeness.
Phey Hoyman
I'll be honest about this book, saying it starts out dry is an understatement. It is truly tedious to read, but once you get past page 70, it's becomes more enjoyable and easier to grasp the full idea of how the author is assembling the book.

I am sure that there are better books out there that are easier to read on the topic, but for someone who didn't know much about the Bay of Pigs, I can honestly say that I truly expanded my knowledge. There were many aspects that I didn't know before
Erik Graff
Apr 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Blackops fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: history
For those who want a book about the US-sponsored attack on Cuba in 1962 which focuses narrowly on the details of the invasion, this is the one to get. Most ironic detail: The first navy frogmen on the beach at the Bay of Pigs encountered a new vacation resort built by the revolutionary government for its citizens, a resort inhabited by the crews working on it. The CIA had had no idea of this, thinking the area would be uninhabited.
Dec 30, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: history
A fly-on-the-wall accounts of the Bay of Pigs, this book at times dragged for me. I sometimes felt it was ghost written by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and at other times by waiters in D.C. restaurants. (Each man had two martinis before lunch and brandy afterwards while chomping on cigars.) The book is now 32 years old, so it lacks some current scholarship, but it does provide insight into the planning and attempt to provide analysis in conclusion about how so many poor decisions were made.
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Peter H. Wyden, born Peter Weidenreich, in Berlin to a Jewish family, was an American journalist and writer.

He left Nazi Germany and went to the United States in 1937. After studying at City University of New York, he served with the U.S. Army's Psychological Warfare Division in Europe during World War II. After the war, he began a career in journalism, during which he worked as a reporter for The
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