Red Heat

Red Heat

Terror, Conspiracy and Murder in the Cold War Caribbean

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During the presidencies of Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson, the United States and the USSR acted out the world's tensions in the Caribbean, using Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic as puppets. What neither superpower bargained on was that their puppets would come to life. Red Heat tells the gripping story of the men responsible for this rude surprise, including, from Cuba, the charismatic Fidel Castro and his mysterious brother Ra#65533;l; from Argentina, the ideologue Che Guevara; from the Dominican Republic, the capricious psychopath Rafael Trujillo; and from Haiti, Fran#65533;ois 'Papa Doc' Duvalier, a buttoned-down doctor with interests in Vodou, embezzlement, and torture.

How did this handful of men, armed with little but words and ruthlessness, capture the world's attention during the 1950s and 60s? Alex von Tunzelmann shows her storytelling prowess yet again in a riveting narrative of clashing ideologies, the politics of fear, the machinations of superpowers, and -- above all -- the brazen daring of the mavericks who took them on.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto :, McClelland & Stewart,, [2011]
Copyright Date: ♭2011
ISBN: 9780771087301
0771087306
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 449 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) :,map, portraits

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Nov 05, 2011

This book is apparently the outgrowth of a university master’s thesis, and it shows. The author is good at her research and the book is full of detail she has uncovered, but it is mostly presented in chronological sequence for short periods at a time without any analysis, subjects are frequently broken off and returned to much later, and the author does almost no interpretation and synthesis. She is often up so close to the individual events that she forgets what she knows versus what her readers know, making the book often hard to follow. The broad picture emerges only to the extent that the reader can paint it on his/her own, because the author never illuminates underlying forces, motivations and patterns and presents no lessons for the future nor any ideas on how to solve the problems she is uncovering but not identifying. A very disappointing book about an important subject that goes well beyond the Caribbean. I was often confused by the text even though I already knew the subject a bit and was familiar with many of the players. And the book suddenly stops at a point in history that makes no real sense. It’s like the research money or the printer paper suddenly ran out.

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