Search Our Online Inventory

Author
Title
Description
Keyword
ISBN
Advanced Search
 
 
Online Gift Cards
Checkout a Gift Card

Would you like an Online Gift Card to Earthlight Books?

 

Familiar Links
 Last Word Books

Walla Walla:
Welcome Table Farm

 
 
 
The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs, Rasenberger, Jim
Image shown may not reflect actual item

Author Name    Rasenberger, Jim

Title   The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs

Book Condition   Very Good

Publisher    Scribner

ISBN Number    141659650X / 9781416596509

Seller ID   SKU1042146

141659650X 1st/1st, First Edition, First Printing with full number line. Very Good. Light shelf wear to covers/corners; satisfaction guaranteed. Hardcover with Dust Jacket under mylar. Earthlight Books is a family owned and operated, independent bookstore serving Walla Walla, Washington since 1973.

More Description

A REMARKABLY GRIPPING ACCOUNT OF AMERICA'S BAY OF PIGS CRISIS, DRAWING ON LONG-HIDDEN CIA DOCUMENTS AND DELIVERING, AS NEVER BEFORE, THE VIVID TRUTH--AND CONSEQUENCES--OF FIVE PIVOTAL DAYS IN APRIL 1961

The U.S.-backed military invasion of Cuba in 1961 remains one of the most ill-fated blunders in American history, with echoes of the event reverberating even today. Despite the Kennedy administration's initial public insistence that the United States had nothing to do with the invasion, it soon became clear that the complex operation had been planned and approved by the best and brightest minds at the highest reaches of Washington, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff and President John F. Kennedy himself.

The Cuban-born invaders were trained by CIA officers, supplied with American materiel, and shadowed by the U.S. Navy. Landing by sea with fighter-plane support, they hoped to establish a military beachhead and spark a counterrevolution against Fidel Castro's regime. The gambit was a stupendous failure, resulting in the death or imprisonment of more than a thousand men. In its wake, the United States appeared inept, reckless, and corrupt.

Now, journalist Jim Rasenberger takes a closer look at this darkly fascinating incident in American history. At the heart of the crisis stood President Kennedy, and Rasenberger traces what Kennedy knew, thought, and said as events unfolded. He examines whether Kennedy was manipulated by the CIA into approving a plan that would ultimately involve the American military. He also draws compelling portraits of the other figures who played key roles in the drama: Castro, who shortly after achieving power visited New York City and was cheered by thousands (just months before the United States began plotting his demise); Dwight Eisenhower, who originally ordered the secret program, then later disavowed it; Allen Dulles, the CIA director who may have told Kennedy about the plan before he was elected president (or so Richard Nixon suspected); and Richard Bissell, the famously brilliant "deus ex machina" who ran the operation for the CIA--and took the blame when it failed. Beyond the short-term fallout, Rasenberger demonstrates, the Bay of Pigs gave rise to further and greater woes, including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, and even, possibly, the assassination of John Kennedy.

Written with elegant clarity and narrative verve, "The Brilliant Disaster "is the most complete account of this event to date, providing not only a fast-paced chronicle of the disaster but an analysis of how it occurred--a question as relevant today as then--and how it profoundly altered the course of modern American history.

Price = 16.50 USD


Browse some related titles while you're here:
A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
A Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess
42.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

The Return of A. J. Raffles, Graham Greene
The Return of A. J. Raffles
Graham Greene
5.00 USD
Add to Book Bag!

By Line: Ernest Hemingway
By Line: Ernest Hemingway
30.00 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Night Falls on Damascus: A Novel, Highland, Frederick
Night Falls on Damascus: A Novel
Highland, Frederick
9.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Chaplin: His Life and Art, Robinson, David
Chaplin: His Life and Art
Robinson, David
13.00 USD
Add to Book Bag!

The Windfall: A Novel, Basu, Diksha
The Windfall: A Novel
Basu, Diksha
12.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

The Chili Queen: A Novel, Dallas, Sandra
The Chili Queen: A Novel
Dallas, Sandra
9.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Joint Ventures: Inside America's Almost Legal Marijuana Industry, Regan, Trish
Joint Ventures: Inside America's Almost Legal Marijuana Industry
Regan, Trish
7.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Freedom from Fear and Other Writings, Aung San Suu Kyi
Freedom from Fear and Other Writings
Aung San Suu Kyi
8.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life, Robinson, Roxana
Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life
Robinson, Roxana
13.00 USD
Add to Book Bag!

Wrinkles in Time, Smoot, George; Davidson, Keay
Wrinkles in Time
Smoot, George; Davidson, Keay
9.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man's Descent into Madness, Sanders, Eli
While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man's Descent into Madness
Sanders, Eli
11.50 USD
Add to Book Bag!

 


Questions, comments, or suggestions
Please write to [email protected]
Copyright©2020. All Rights Reserved.
Powered by ChrisLands.com

 

 

cookie