Castro's Secrets: Cuban Intelligence, the CIA, and the Assassination of John F. Kennedy

Author:   Brian Latell
Publisher:   Palgrave Macmillan
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9781137278418


Pages:   304
Publication Date:   12 July 2013
Format:   Paperback
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Published to glowing reviews, thisriveting narrative takes us back to when the Cuban Revolution was young and offers a new and surprising look at Fidel Castro. Drawing on interviews with high-level defectors from Cuban intelligence, Cuba expert Brian Latell creates a vivid narrative that chronicles Castro's crimes from his university days through nearly 50 years in power. As Cuba's supreme spymaster Fidel built up an intelligence system that became one of best and most aggressive anywhere. Latell argues that the CIA grossly underestimated the Cubans' extraordinary abilities to run moles and double agents and to penetrate the highest levels of American institutions. He reveals new details about the CIA's most deplorable plots against Cuba and shocking new findings about what Fidel actually knew of Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

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Author:   Brian Latell
Publisher:   Palgrave Macmillan
Imprint:   Palgrave Macmillan
Dimensions:   Width: 15.50cm , Height: 1.80cm , Length: 23.30cm
Weight:   0.329kg
ISBN:  

9781137278418


ISBN 10:   1137278412
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   12 July 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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<p> Attention-getting... point[s] to crucial unresolved questions that still trouble our national soul. -- Slate <p> Brilliant . . . This unique book not only traces Fidel Castro's extraordinary intelligence service and its acts against the U.S., but it also analyzes America's -- and especially the overeager Kennedy boys' -- attempts to kill Castro . . . informative (and wonderfully readable) . . . Latell's book, enhanced by the author's rich experience, radar-like understanding of the peculiar people involved and mastery of history, is an important contribution to understanding this crucial period that changed us much more than we imagine. --Georgie Anne Geyer, The Columbus Dispatch <p> Castro's Secrets begins like a slow murder mystery then builds damning fact after damning fact into a conclusive, ground-breaking portrait, based on firsthand sources, of how the Cuban strongman--in all his evil brilliance--frequently ran circles around the CIA . . . The most interesting parts of his narrative revolve around how much Castro knew about the plot to kill Kennedy, and a parallel attempt, on the part of the CIA, to assassinate the Cuban dictator . . . One of the successes of Castro's Secrets is that it offers readers a view of both sides of the shadow war. -- The Daily Beast <p> A fascinating study of Castro's intelligence network and its early battles with the CIA to secure Castro's hold on power. --The Sunday Times<p> Britan Latell, for four decades the CIA's ranking authority on all matters Castro and Cuban, has ripped the shroud off the circumstances behind one of the more flagrant instances of journalistic malpractice ever in the Washington media. -- The Washington Times <p> Authoritative expose ...[and] a lively and revealing account of the long intelligence war between the U.S. and Cuba. -- Publishers Weekly <p> [Latell] offers considerable information about how the U.S. government tried continually to overthrow the Castro regime, including plans that cou


Brilliant . . . This unique book not only traces Fidel Castro's extraordinary intelligence service and its acts against the U.S., but it also analyzes America's -- and especially the overeager Kennedy boys' -- attempts to kill Castro . . . informative (and wonderfully readable) . . . Latell's book, enhanced by the author's rich experience, radar-like understanding of the peculiar people involved and mastery of history, is an important contribution to understanding this crucial period that changed us much more than we imagine. --Georgie Anne Geyer, The Columbus Dispatch <p> Castro's Secrets begins like a slow murder mystery then builds damning fact after damning fact into a conclusive, ground-breaking portrait, based on firsthand sources, of how the Cuban strongman--in all his evil brilliance--frequently ran circles around the CIA . . . The most interesting parts of his narrative revolve around how much Castro knew about the plot to kill Kennedy, and a parallel attempt, on the part of the CIA, to assassinate the Cuban dictator . . . One of the successes of Castro's Secrets is that it offers readers a view of both sides of the shadow war. -- The Daily Beast <p> A fascinating study of Castro's intelligence network and its early battles with the CIA to secure Castro's hold on power. --The Sunday Times<p> Britan Latell, for four decades the CIA's ranking authority on all matters Castro and Cuban, has ripped the shroud off the circumstances behind one of the more flagrant instances of journalistic malpractice ever in the Washington media. -- The Washington Times <p> Authoritative expose ...[and] a lively and revealing account of the long intelligence war between the U.S. and Cuba. -- Publishers Weekly <p> [Latell] offers considerable information about how the U.S. government tried continually to overthrow the Castro regime, including plans that could have led to the assassination of one or both Castro brothers. In addition to information about assassination plot


Brilliant . . . This unique book not only traces Fidel Castro's extraordinary intelligence service and its acts against the U.S., but it also analyzes America's -- and especially the overeager Kennedy boys' -- attempts to kill Castro . . . informative (and wonderfully readable) . . . Latell's book, enhanced by the author's rich experience, radar-like understanding of the peculiar people involved and mastery of history, is an important contribution to understanding this crucial period that changed us much more than we imagine. --Georgie Anne Geyer, The Columbus Dispatch <p> Castro's Secrets begins like a slow murder mystery then builds damning fact after damning fact into a conclusive, ground-breaking portrait, based on firsthand sources, of how the Cuban strongman--in all his evil brilliance--frequently ran circles around the CIA . . . The most interesting parts of his narrative revolve around how much Castro knew about the plot to kill Kennedy, and a parallel attempt, on the part of the CIA, to assassinate the Cuban dictator . . . One of the successes of Castro's Secrets is that it offers readers a view of both sides of the shadow war. -- The Daily Beast <p> A fascinating study of Castro's intelligence network and its early battles with the CIA to secure Castro's hold on power. --The Sunday Times<p> Britan Latell, for four decades the CIA's ranking authority on all matters Castro and Cuban, has ripped the shroud off the circumstances behind one of the more flagrant instances of journalistic malpractice ever in the Washington media. -- The Washington Times <p> Great insight into the strategy of the small Caribbean nation and how it has managed to remain a thorn in the side of the United States for over 50 years. A must read for those that are interested in foreign policy, especially Latin America. -- Military Review <p> Authoritative expose ...[and] a lively and revealing account of the long intelligence war between the U.S. and Cuba. -- Publishers Weekly <p>


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Brian Latell is the author of After Fidel, which has been published in eight languages. He began tracking the Castro brothers for the CIA in the 1960s. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time, The Miami Herald, and The Washington Quarterly. Currently senior research associate at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies at the University of Miami, he previously taught for a quarter century at Georgetown University. He lives in Lancaster, Virginia.

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