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The Brilliant Disaster - JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba-logo

The Brilliant Disaster - JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba

Jim Rasenberger

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Genres:

History

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 matériel, 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 "d

Language:

English

Narrators:

Bob Walter

Length:

17h 33m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

22:00


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

18:06


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

24:31


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

18:47


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

26:59


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

19:33


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

26:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

20:28


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

14:44


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

22:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

21:11


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

22:56


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

10:35


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

27:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

24:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

16:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

14:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

20:02


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

10:52


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

23:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

23:07


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

20:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

22:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

15:47


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

22:00


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

27:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

24:35


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

26:31


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

25:32


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

23:08


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

20:32


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

19:25


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

20:02


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

20:23


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

21:33


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

21:34


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

25:13


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

25:55


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

16:04


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

16:51


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

18:02


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

22:10


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

12:12


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

26:05


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

16:47


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

12:36


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

16:29


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

17:44


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

27:07


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

16:24


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

21:46


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

00:58