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Bay of Pigs: Myth and Reality

AIR DATE: Sunday, August 21, 2011

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.


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