Conflicting Missions

Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976

Piero Gleijeses

 

Synopsis

This is a compelling and dramatic account of Cuban policy in Africa from 1959 to 1976 and of its escalating clash with U.S. policy toward the continent. Piero Gleijeses's fast-paced narrative takes the reader from Cuba's first steps to assist Algerian rebels fighting France in 1961, to the secret war between Havana and Washington in Zaire in 1964-65--where 100 Cubans led by Che Guevara clashed with 1,000 mercenaries controlled by the CIA--and, finally, to the dramatic dispatch of 30,000 Cubans to Angola in 1975-76, which stopped the South African advance on Luanda and doomed Henry Kissinger's major covert operation there.

Review

Probably the most comprehensive, well researched work on the role of Cubans in the liberation wars in South Africa.-Dissident Voice

Author

Piero Gleijeses is a professor of United States foreign policy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.