Piscataway, NJ, September 19, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- It is widely acknowledged that Congo became an East-West battlefield during the first half of the decade in the 1960s, yet the participation of Cuban exiles in the struggles is rarely noted. In this absorbing volume Villafaña details the contribution made by Cuban exiles to the preservation of democracy in Congo. Cold War in the Congo explores reasons for Castro’s involvement in Congo. Villafaña considers whether Castro was operating with a master plan, of which Africa was a key. He discusses why Castro chose Che Guevara to head the ill-fated military expedition. He contemplates why the United States allowed Castro to freely export his revolution, and why it used Cuban exiles to prevent the mineral riches of Congo from falling into the hands of international communism. Villafaña shows that CIA-sponsored Miami Cuban exiles were instrumental in thwarting Castro’s plans for Congo, which were believed to have included a confederacy with Tanzania and Congo (Brazzaville), to gain control of Central Africa and its vast resources.
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What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Africa was one of the territories where the Cold War was fought most intensely. It is known that the Cuban government deployed its armies and its intelligence services in this battle during almost thirty years. Sometimes this was done at the request of the Soviets and sometimes following Cuba’s own strategy. What is least known is the confrontation of Cubans against Cubans in this war and the heroic role played by some [Cuban] exiles who intended to stop the conquering spasm of Havana. This book by Frank Villafaña places within the puzzle of history one of the pieces, which was needed in order to understand this long, bloody, and not exempt of valor, episode.”
—Carlos Alberto Montaner, vice president, Liberal International
“Frank Villafaña has brilliantly captured a critical chapter of Cold War history. One where anti-communist Cuban exiles placed their lives on the line and changed history.” —Armando I. Gonzalez, columnist, El Nuevo Herald
“. . . Frank Villafaña’s book fills a void in the history of Africa, Cuba, and the Cold War. And it also tells the story of these men, and the cause of freedom and liberty in Cuba, that drove them to fight another war very far away.”
—Dr. Ramon C. Barquin, president of Barquin International