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Book review: Red Heat.

Red Heat

The author has rendered a huge service to the public by writing a research-based history to reveal how politics shaped the Caribbean, as we know it.

It is unfortunate, that despite all the funds spent on intelligence by the U.S government, all information obtained is either improperly analysed or deliberately misrepresented or at the very least poorly analysed by humint specialists.

Politicians of all stripes make decision based on perceived threats to security resent and future.

This flawlessly researched, illuminating, irresistible, and entertaining boo merits the highest praise.

Cuba would not be a “socialist” country, if Fidel Castro were given a chance to negotiate with American politicians.

The text makes it abundantly clear that Fidel Castro had no intention to make Cuba a “socialist” country. He was pushed, by ill-conceived American policies, into the sphere of influence of the U.S.S.R and Nikita Khrushchev took advantage of the situation by installing ballistic missile bases in Cuba, too close for comfort for the U.S.A.

The whole world would have been affected if a war broke out between two superpowers of the time. It was, thanks to J. Kennedy, and N. Khrushchev’s “quick thinking” that a catastrophic war was averted.

In this whole drama F. Duvalier of Haiti, the strongman Trujillo (the Benefactor) of the Dominican Republic played secondary but important roles.

Nicaragua, at the time an American ally, played a minor, but important role, by making available, training camps and airports for the US Air Force.

Alex von Tunzelmann writes with authority as a historian, and in an entertaining fashion.

An excellent historically correct book to red and gain information pertaining to the politics of the era.

Highly recommended.

Red Heat

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