Conflicting Missions Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976

ISBN-10: 0807854646

ISBN-13: 9780807854648

Edition: 2003

Authors: Piero Gleijeses

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This is a compelling and dramatic account of Cuban policy in Africa from 1959 to 1976 and of its escalating clash with U.S. policy toward the continent. Piero Gleijeses's fast-paced narrative takes the reader from Cuba's first steps to assist Algerian rebels fighting France in 1961, to the secret war between Havana and Washington in Zaire in 1964-65--where 100 Cubans led by Che Guevara clashed with 1,000 mercenaries controlled by the CIA--and, finally, to the dramatic dispatch of 30,000 Cubans to Angola in 1975-76, which stopped the South African advance on Luanda and doomed Henry Kissinger's major covert operation there. Based on unprecedented archival research and firsthand interviews in virtually all of the countries involved--Gleijeses was even able to gain extensive access to closed Cuban archives--this comprehensive and balanced work sheds new light on U.S. foreign policy and CIA covert operations. It revolutionizes our view of Cuba's international role, challenges conventional U.S. beliefs about the influence of the Soviet Union in directing Cuba's actions in Africa, and provides, for the first time ever, a look from the inside at Cuba's foreign policy during the Cold War.
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 2/24/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.222
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Note on Citations
Abbreviations Prologue
Castro's Cuba, 1959-1964
Cuba's First Venture in Africa: Algeria
Flee! The White Giants Are Coming!
Castro Turns to Central Africa
Che in Zaire
A Successful Covert Operation
American Victory
Cubans in the Congo
Guerrillas in Guinea-Bissau
Castro's Cuba, 1965-1975
The Collapse of the Portuguese Empire
The Gathering Storm: Angola, January-October 1975
South Africa's Friends
Pretoria Meets Havana
Cuban Victory
Repercussions
Looking Back
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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