Concise history of covert U.S. program to undermine Cuban Revolution. Unleashed in April 1961 following the Bay of Pigs defeat, “Operation Mongoose” sought to prepare for a direct U.S. invasion the following year. Attorney General Robert Kennedy called Operation Mongoose a “top priority" for the United States government. Its agents carried out terror actions that included the murder of more than 70 farmers, teachers, and workers; 4,000 canefield fires; and the bombing of more than 30 civilian targets.
Drawn from formerly secret CIA files and documents made available in Cuba, this account explains how a determined people with a revolutionary leadership can stand and prevail against the world’s most powerful military and economic force.