“[The Castro Obsession] details covert operations to undermine the Castro regime and presents valuable lessons on the consequences of this tactic.”
InterComm: News for the DIA Community
"A shocking, intriguing exposé."
"Forget everything else you might have read about Cuba and the Kennedys: Mr. Bohning has done the seminal book on the subject, drawing heavily on CIA document. . . ."
"This book represents the capstone on Don Bohning’s distinguished career of reporting on Cuba and all of the Caribbean and Latin America. His reportorial and analytical skills--well known to readers of the Miami Herald--are in clear evidence within these pages. This book sheds new light on an important chapter in U.S. policy toward Cuba, which dramatically shaped the history of Florida and of America during the Cold War."
Bob Graham, former U.S. senator and former governor of Florida
"The execution and failure of the U.S.-sponsored invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, the frequent nuttiness and occasional lethality of CIA plots against the Castro regime, and the endlessly convoluted politics of Cuban-exile Miami in the 1960s come alive in this thorough, vastly informative, and admirably well-written account of the passions and policies that marked U.S. policy toward Cuba from 1959 to 1965."
Jorge I. Domínguez, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University
"The Castro Obsession captures, in abundant detail, the complex plotting and intrigue of covert operations against Cuba. Bohning has catalogued the secret side of an amazing history that remains relevant to this day." --Peter Kornbluh, author of The Bay of Pigs Declassified
"[An] engaging, disturbing, and important book . . . Given Bohning's well-deserved reputation for balanced and accurate reporting, his judgment conveys a wisdom from which current policymakers could well benefit in many areas."
"Fascinating, well-documented . . . an admirable commitment to accuracy and research . . . an absorbing account of clandestine activities."
The Jamaica Observer
"Any in-depth political science library, particularly those with close coverage of Cuba, will want to be sure The Castro Obsession is in their collection."
"An excellent and much needed illumination in a single comprehensive volume of all the strange and counterproductive American covert schemes that Castro has survived . . . balanced and nuanced. . . ."
Studies in Intelligence
"Well-paced, insightful, and often fascinating."
Intelligence and National Security