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

Power in the Caribbean in the 1950s and early ’60s was taken by a knife at the throat. “Political life in Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic was a cockfight,” writes Alex von Tunzelmann. “For any politician landing in the dust, the only thing that mattered was to survive for as long as possible.” Her book “Red Heat” depicts the swaggering, corrupt, erratic and often violent years of rule by Fidel Castro of Cuba, Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic and Francois Duvalier of Haiti. Suitcases full of cash, torture chambers, gunboats, coups, dictatorship and revolutionary fervor spill out of these pages.

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