Bay of Pigs

A Firsthand Account of the Mission by a U.S. Pilot in Support of the Cuban Invasion Force in 1961


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About the Book

The Bay of Pigs, on the south coast of Cuba, was the scene in 1961 of an unsuccessful attempt by an armed force of exiled Cubans which had been organized, supplied and trained by the United States government. Investigative journalists and chroniclers characterized this event as, variously, the CIA out of control, a new and inexperienced president (Kennedy) victimized by bad advice, an outcome not preventable. This account, by a participant, proves much of the accepted information about this controversial event to be seriously flawed. In sharp and dramatic prose, Albert C. “Buck” Persons relates his involvement in the Bay of Pigs—from being approached to do a “temporary, confidential” job to receiving training by the “Company” in Florida, then on to a camp in Central America and the invasion attempt, in which two of his friends were killed. This is exciting history, unavailable until now to correct the record.

About the Author(s)

The late Albert C. Persons, one of sixteen American pilots to participate in the Bay of Pigs operation, also served in World War II with both Canadian and American forces. A professional pilot for fifty years, he also worked as the managing editor of several weekly newspapers and as radio station program manager. He died in 1996.

Bibliographic Details

Albert C. Persons
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 176
Bibliographic Info: maps, appendices, index
Copyright Date: 2011 [1990]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6738-9
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8763-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents<BR>

Foreword      vii
Preface      ix
Maps      xi

I. Mission to Zapata      1
11. Birmingham      4
111. Florida      23
IV. Central America      43
V. Bay of Pigs      73
VI. Aftermath      101
VII. Postmortems      115
VIII. Trinidad      140
IX. Conclusion      148

Postscript      151
Appendix A: Personnel      153
Appendix B: Chronology      155
Index      157

Book Reviews & Awards

“involving and earnest…cogently summarizes the political arena”—Library Journal.