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In fewer than 72 hours of combat in April 1961, Cuba’s revolutionary armed forces defeated a U.S.-organized invasion by 1,500 mercenaries. In the process, the Cuban people set an example for workers, farmers, and youth the world over that with political consciousness, class solidarity, courage, and revolutionary leadership, one can stand up to enormous might and seemingly insurmountable odds—and win.
“A unique, primary sources reference which is very highly recommended for students of American military history, foreign policy, and contemporary American/Cuban relations.”—Midwest Book Review
Includes translations of a dozen Cuban primary source documents on the U.S.-backed invasion at the Bay of Pigs
. The documents
tell a familiar story, but they tell it well. Also contains José Ramón Fernández Alvarezs 1999 testimony about his role leading Cuban troops against the invaders at Playa Girón. Photographs, maps, and charts throughout the book provide a useful supplement to the text.Hispanic American Historical Review
“A varied collection of speeches, communiqués and testimonies from the time, by those such as Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, are presented. These well catch the knife-edged political tension and subsequent triumph of the momentous days in April 1961. Using fascinating military maps, photographs and a full chronology of the time, the book provides previously unpublished details surrounding the CIA-backed invasion and the subsequent defeat of the 1,500 US mercenaries at the Bay of Pigs.… [Gives] a real feel for the bravery and conviction of the revolutionary Cuban forces, and their willingness to defend the socialist principles of the Revolution at any cost.… Provides invaluable inspiration.”—An Phoblacht/Republican News
This book is part of a series, The Cuban Revolution in World Politics
. Click to see the other titles or to order the entire series.
Foreword by Jack Barnes, 20-page photo section and other photos, maps, charts, chronology, glossary, further reading, index. Now with enlarged type.