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

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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…    
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Book details

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: 2.156
Language: English

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
Looking Back