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William

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

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alex von Tunzelmann
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    The Caribbean crises of the Cold War are revealed as never before in this riveting story of clashing ideologies, the rise of the politics of fear, the machinations of superpowers, and the daring of the brazen mavericks who took them on. The superpowers thought they could use Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic as puppets, but what neither bargained on was that their puppets would come to life.

    History says: "Interesting, not extraordinary."
    "Communists with halos, Americans with horns"
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    What disappointed you about Red Heat?

    If you like your history with a strong, left-wing, anti-American chaser, this is the book for you. I can tolerate historians with a notable bias, especially if the historical facts seem to be well-researched. And this book indeed appears, at least in the 45 minutes I listened to it, to have the chronology and players fleshed out pretty well. But von Tunzelmann relentlessly beats the Americans-and-other-white-Europeans-are racist-greedy-opportunists-who-exploit-and-kill-minorities-for-the-sheer-fun-of-it drum. It is a red flag (pun intended) when characters like young communist Fidel Castro are portrayed, without a hint of irony, as "freedom-fighters" against barbaric dictators. This is a sure sign you have nose-dived from biased history into outright propaganda. And it is when I pull the rip cord.

    It is too bad, because as a history junkie, the subject is unusual and intriguing and I was really looking forward to it.


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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