Don Bohning

Bohning, Don. The Castro Obsession: U.S. Covert Operations against Cuba, 1959-1965. Washington, DC: Potomac, 2005. 2006. [pb]

According to DKR, AFIO WIN 48-05 (12 Dec. 2005), this book by the Miami Herald's Latin America editor "provides new insights into the covert war against Cuba.... [T]he Bay of Pigs ... failure did not end attempts to change the Havana regime." Efforts included "economic and political destabilization, propaganda, sabotage and assassination plots." The author "considers that the result was to increase Castro's international celebrity, provide an excuse for more repression in Cuba and contribute to the Soviet decision to introduce nuclear missiles into the island with the resulting ... crisis."

Latell, Studies 49.4 (2005), calls this work "an excellent and much needed illumination ... of all the strange and counterproductive American covert schemes that Castro has survived." The author "is balanced and nuanced," and "does a good job of showing how skeptical and reluctant most senior operations officers involved in MONGOOSE in fact were as they obediently carried out the administration's designs."

For Gambone, I&NS 20.4 (Dec. 2004), the book is "well-paced, insightful, and often fascinating." The author has provided "an additional an[d] important layer to the history of the Cold War in Latin America." Chapman, IJI&C 19.2 (Summer 2006), calls this "one thought-provoking book." Huck, Periscope (Summer 2006), finds that The Castro Obsession "is flush with new sources. It is well worth buying, reading, keeping, and studying."

[CIA/60s/BoP; LA/Cuba/Gen]

Bohning, Don. "Distorting History." Intelligencer 16, no. 2 (Fall 2008): 67-74.

Although "some websites are reliable and valuable research tools, others can be tendentious advocates for a point of view, twisting or ignoring information that does not support that point of view. One need look no further for the latter than two websites based in Great Britain, run by John Simkin." Bohning, then, lays waste to some of the anti-CIA accusations made on those websites. See also, Don Bohning, "JFK Evidence and the Conspiracy Industry: To Be a Player -- Some Invent Facts," Intelligencer 17, no. 1 (Winter-Spring 2009): 61-64.

[CIA/60s/B0P; CIA/Accusations/00s]

Bohning, Don. "Jake Esterline: A Profile." Intelligencer 19, no. 2 (Summer-Fall 2012): 41-42.

A brief look at the OSS/CIA career of the project director for the Bay of Pigs.

[CIA/60s/BoP; CIA/Biogs]

Bohning, Don. "Rafael Quintero, Cold War Warrior: From the Bay of Pigs to Iran-Contra." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 21, no. 4 (Winter 2008-2009): 726-747.

From the late 1950s through the mid-1980s, Quintero "worked in the shadows on contract, but never as an agent, with various U.S. intelligence services. His single-minded objective: ridding his native Cuba of Fidel Castro."

[CIA/Bios; LA/Cuba/Gen]

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