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Give Us This Day. Hardcover – Sep 1973

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Arlington House Pub (Sept. 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870002287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870002281
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,382,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barry Ryder on 12 July 2013
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There are many good books which explore the `Bay Of Pigs' invasion; most were written by political and historical scholars and precious few by men who were actually involved in the operation.

`Give Us This Day' by E. Howard Hunt falls squarely into the latter category. Although Hunt took no part in the invasion itself, his role in the USA and Guatemala with the exiles was crucial.

Hunt was tasked with fusing the many (more than one hundred) disparate factions and schisms within the Cuban exile community into a viable `Government-in-exile'. He recounts his trials and tribulations in great detail.

Orders explicit and implicit from the White House were channelled into the CIA who, in turn, sought to present the new administration's wishes as being the wishes of the anti-Castro Cubans in the USA.
Hunt and his colleagues were the conduit for the task and this book offers some rare insights into the ensuing muddle. As the troop build-up and training neared operational readiness, the White House began to demand more and more `plausible deniability' for what was to come.

Hunt describes how the political requirement that the invasion become `less noisy' inevitably led to the military needs being fatally compromised. He deals with the long-held misconception that JFK `..cancelled air cover for the beach invasion..'. No such air-cover was ever promised or expected; Hunt acknowledges that. Instead, the author tells of the failure of the initial air-strike against Castro's aircraft on the ground. Nowhere near enough damage was inflicted and a `second wave attack' became necessary. Hunt reveals who was responsible for preventing this crucial strike; it wasn't JFK.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
The Man who Kept the Secrets 1 April 2006
By Knight of the Woeful Contenance - Published on
Format: Hardcover
E. Howard Hunt served time for his role in Watergate. An eery out-from-the-shadows spook from the coldest days of the Cold War, few if any readers will be aware of his role at the epicenter of US policy in Guatemala and later Castro's Cuba in the early days when the bearded one hadn't fully solidified his grip on that nation.

This is an interesting book. Amazing candor given the presumably embarassing material it covers.

Today few Americans know the complete story of how our CIA actively helped overthrow the leftish govt of Guatemala.

It was the transparency of this US action which (along with other things he'd witnessed in a long vagabond/moocher tour of South AMerica) convinced the young Argentine Dr Ernesto Guevara to "throw in his lot" with progressive socialistic movemts around the world. Guevara the young academic Marxist idealist depicted in the autobiographical film "The Motorcycle Diaries" would later meet up with soulmates in Mexico. He would befriend the Castro brothers and greatly assist them in their communization of Cuba. Thousands of regime opponents were brutally executed at the hands of Guevara who has been likened to the Soviet psychopath Lavrenti Beria or Hitler's SS fiend, Heinrich Himmler.

One could argue that Guevara would have become a sociopathic mad murderer and globe-trotting crusader for Communism irrespective of what the US CIA did or didnt do in Guatemala. The leftish Guatemalan prime minister refused to give weaponry to the civilians and thus his govt was easily overthrown by the US-backed and installed strongman.

E Howard Hunt played no small role in overthrowing the socialist oriented but democraticly elected Guatemalan govt in 1954. Thus, one could argue that this dedicated CIA agent so fluent in Spanish helped create and launch the Che Guevara legend. Later on, Hunt helped out with the ill-starred invasion of anticommunist Cuban exiles who were either slain or captured and imprisoned at the Bay of Pigs.

A good companion to this book would be the one written by longtime CIA agent Felix Rodriguez who helped track down and kill the captured Che Guevara in Bolivia in 1967
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