The U.S.-led invasion of Cuba in April 1961 was defeated in 66 hours by militia battalions composed of worker and peasant volunteers, along with soldiers from the Cuban armed forces. Cuban historian Juan Carlos Rodríguez explains that the failure of the attack on Playa Giron was not due to poor strategy and tactics on the part of the invading forces. They were actually sound plans. Cuba defeated the invasion because the human material available to Washington could not match the courage and determination of a people fighting to defend what they had gained through the continents first socialist revolution.
“A fascinating look and perspective of the Bay of Pigs invasion.”—Midwest Book Review
“First-hand account of a defining Cold War episode …. Relies on the author’s own experience as a literacy teacher in the neighbouring Escambray Mountains, as well as the testimonies of Cubans directly involved in repelling the CIA-sponsored military invasion.”—Journal of Latin American Studies [UK]
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Reports, interviews, and 46 pages of photos from Cuban archives.