Bay of Pigs: Myth and Reality

This video originally aired on Sunday, August 21, 2011.

About This Video

2011 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, one of the greatest American foreign policy disasters of the twentieth century. Professor Irwin Gellman talked about U.S.-Cuba relations, and the actions taken by both Presidents Kennedy and Eisenhower. He challenged conventional wisdom which blames the flawed plans on President Eisenhower in light of the new historical evidence that had become available in recent decades.



History & Society, Executive Branch, John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. History, Foreign Affairs & Defense, Cuba

Related Subjects/Topics

  • U.S. History
  • Military


  • Franklin and Marshall College History Professor Irwin Gellman