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Review: Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder, and the Cold War in the Caribbean

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Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder, and the Cold War in the Caribbean
Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder, and the Cold War in the Caribbean by Alex von Tunzelmann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder, and the Cold War in the Caribbean is a great read on the Cold War in the Caribbean. In it, Von Tunzelmann looks at US foreign policy in regards to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti during the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. She offers a brief history of how each country got to where they were at the beginning of the Cold War then details the changes (and attempted changes) in governments and the dictatorships in each and the US government’s relationship with them. Conservatives may not take a liking to this book, but it seems a balanced take on our missteps in supporting dictatorships in the Caribbean as anti-communist measures and failures in how we our relationship with Cuba and Castro. Additionally, she developed the personalities of the relevant Caribbean leaders, giving insight into their decision making. If you’re interested in learning more about the “fight against communism” close to home during the Cold War and Vietnam era, Red Heat is an excellent choice. It is not only well researched and informative, it’s captivating. Once you get started reading, you won’t want to put it down.

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