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Trained to Kill: The Inside Story of CIA Plots against Castro, Kennedy, and Che

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Antonio Veciana fought on the front lines of the CIA’s decades-long secret war to destroy Fidel Castro, the bearded bogeyman who haunted America’s Cold War dreams. It was a time of swirling intrigue, involving US spies with license to kill, Mafia hit men, ruthless Cuban exiles—and the leaders in the crosshairs of all this dark plotting, Fidel Castro and John F. Kennedy.

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Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by Skyhorse Publishing
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Roopkumar Balachandran
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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"Antonio Carlos Veciana Blanch is an accountant by training, a banker and a businessman by trade. Some call him a patriot, some call him a terrorist. Only one knew that he is a spy, with a single mission to destroy Castro."
Thanks to Net galley and Skyhorse Publishing for giving me an opportunity to read and review this fantastic book.
The book is an account of an 88 year old Cuban exile Antonio Veciana with his CIA handler Maurice Bishop. During the Cuban revolution he was working as an accounta
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Daniel
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A lot of interesting information on the founder of Alpha 66 and a CIA asset in 1959-1960. Worth reading, but it overplays the JFK assassination connection at the expense of some very interesting Cuba content and it's written a bit sensationalist.
Alicia Fox
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Coincidence that I was reading this when the "OMG Bernie loves Cuba" issue was raised.

Summary, of sorts: Veciana was part of Alpha 66, a group of CIA-backed Cubans working to assassinate Castro. His handler was David Atlee Phillips. Phillips insisted that none of Alpha 66's activities be linked backed to the CIA.

I picked this up for the Castro stuff but there is more to the book. Interesting tidbits:

~ Veciana says he saw Phillips with Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, and that Phillips requested he p
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An interesting and heartfelt journey of one mans crusade to free Cuba from Castro. From his humble beginnings in the banking trade to rubbing shoulders with high flying CIA agents to running guns and money. His obsession with Killing Castro takes its toll not only on him but on his family as he sends them away for their safety while he begins organising daring raids and propaganda against Castro's regime. A detailed account of the final hours of Che Guevara's life as well as the insider knowledg ...more
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Recruited by a US intelligence agency and involved in many plots and schemes. Not until page 198 is the phrase "blind obsession" used. Most interesting in terms of discussion of propaganda and misinformation campaigns. One must wonder at the current campaigns and their goals. The author also discloses a link between the CIA and Oswald -- but guess what? No one seems to care anymore.
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