The Kennedys & the Castros

Explore the relationships between two sets of influential brothers in these books about John and Robert Kennedy and Fidel and Raúl Castro.

John & Robert Kennedy

Brothers in Arms: The Kennedys, the Castros, and the Politics of Murder
By Gus Russo and Stephen Molton
Using breakthrough reporting, Russo and Molton craft a dramatic retelling of the time before, during, and after the John F. Kennedy assassination--a groundbreaking review of the historical drama linking the Kennedys and the Castros that sheds new light on this pivotal event.

Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years
By David Talbot
Acclaimed journalist Talbot tells in a riveting, well-researched narrative just how explosively alienated the Kennedy administration was from its own national security apparatus and that Robert Kennedy planned to open an investigation into his brother's assassination.

 The Days of Jack and Bobby Kennedy book jacket

Sons and Brothers: The Days of Jack and Bobby Kennedy
By Richard D. Mahoney
Disturbing, magisterial, and fresh, this book reveals JFK and RFK as they have never been seen before--in the partnership that brought them to the pinnacle of power, saw their father's lifelong aspirations fulfilled--and also brought them down.

Ultimate Sacrifice: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the Murder of JFK
By Lamar Waldron with Thom Hartmann
This work reveals John and Robert Kennedy's plan for a coup in Cuba on December 1, 1963. Unique, distinctly different, and far more advanced than any previously disclosed operation, this plan is corroborated by many declassified military and CIA documents.

The Road to Dallas: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
By David Kaiser
With deft investigative skill, Kaiser shows that the events leading up to JFK's assassination cannot be understood without fully grasping two larger stories: the U.S. government's campaign against organized crime and the furtive quest of two administrations to eliminate Fidel Castro.

Fidel & Raúl Castro

 A Spoken Autobiography book jacket

Fidel Castro: My Life: A Spoken Autobiography
By Fidel Castro and Ignacio Ramonet
Based on over 100 hours of interviews with Fidel Castro conducted over three years, this book is as close to a memoir as we will ever get from the Cuban leader. Here Castro speaks with raw frankness about the events of his extraordinary life and the legacy he hopes to leave behind.

The Cuba Wars: Fidel Castro, the United States, and the Next Revolution
By Daniel P. Erikson
January 1, 2009, marked the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. Erikson explores the twilight of the Castro era and what the future has in store for America's “last Cold War enemy.”

After Fidel: The Inside Story of Castro's Regime and Cuba's Next Leader
By Brian Latell
In this compelling, behind-the-scenes account published in 2006, former CIA officer and Cuba expert Brian Latell examines the extraordinary Castro brothers and the (at the time) impending dynastic succession of Fidel's younger brother, Raúl. Exploring the brothers’ remarkable relationship, he reveals how Fidel and Raúl have collaborated, divided responsibilities, and resolved disagreements for more than forty-six years.

The Moncada Attack: Birth of the Cuban Revolution
By Antonio Rafael de la Cova
This book provides a candid history of the initial military defeat on July 26, 1953, that later fueled the Castros ascension to power.

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