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Bay of Pigs Declassified
The Secret CIA Report
A National Security Archive Documents Reader
Published by the New Press
Edited by Peter Kornbluh
For decades, the CIA's top secret postmortem on the
April 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion has been the holy grail of
historians, students, and survivors of the failed invasion
of Cuba. But the scathing internal report on the worst
foreign policy debacle of the Kennedy administration,
written by the ClA's then-inspector General Lyman
Kirkpatrick, has remained tightly guarded -- until now.
Dislodged from the government through the Freedom of information Act,
here is an uncompromising
look at high officials' arrogance, ignorance and incompetence, as displayed in their
attitude toward Castro's
revolution and toward the Cuban exiles the CIA had
organized to invade the island. Including the complete
report and a wealth of supplementary materials, Bay of Pigs Declassified
provides a fascinating picture of the operation and of the secret world of the espionage establishment, with stories of plots,
counterplots, and intra-agency power struggles worthy of a Le Carré novel.
- the complete text of the CIA report
- a critical introduction
- the newly declassified response to the report from Richard Bissell, who masterminded the operation
- the first joint interview with the managers of the invasion, Jacob Esterline and Colonel Jack Hawkins
- a comprehensive chronology
- biographies of the key participants
W.W. Norton and Company
500 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10110
5 1/2" x 8 1/4", 288 pages
Political Science/American History
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Comments on the CIA Bay of Pigs report:
"The most brutally frank and honest government document ever written."
--Evan Thomas, Deputy Managing Editor, Newsweek
"There is little wonder why the spy agency has guarded (this report) so jealously."
"A picture of an agency shot through with deadly self-deception...An untapped well of cold, hard facts."
--New York Times
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