Author's New Book "In Denial" Examines Problems With Covert Operations On The 59th Anniversary Of The Bay Of Pigs Invasion

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"In Denial / Secret Wars with Air Strikes and Tanks?" by Larry Hancock explores two major questions:Why is the accepted story of America’s most dramatic failure at deniable warfare – its attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro with the Cuba Project and at the Bay of Pigs – so incomplete, and so wrong?

It’s been 59 years since the famous Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba. Ironically many lessons from that invasion quickly became forgotten.

Released on the 59th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Larry Hancock’s newest book on covert action titled "In Denial: Secret Wars with Air Strikes and Tanks?" examines the ongoing conduct of America’s officially deniable military action across the globe during four decades of the Cold War, from Tibet and Laos to Cuba and into Africa in the Congo and Angola. It focuses on the practices involved, especially the challenges of command and control in secret warfare while examining the reality that - despite its repeated, ongoing failures - deniable military action was never abandoned, even while repeatedly failing in both its political and military goals.

"In Denial" also digs deeply into one of the most dramatic and highly public failures of ostensibly deniable military action – the American effort to oust the regime of Fidel Castro, from its beginning under President Eisenhower to the eventual disaster of the Bay of Pigs amphibious landings. Hancock’s research uses new sources to provide an in depth examination of the propaganda, political action, and military elements of the separate phases of the fourteen month long Cuba Project. In doing so he reveals that the CIA actually experienced two separate failures in the project, with the first occurring some six months prior to the Bay of Pigs. "In Denial" offers dramatic new insights into the causes and responsibilities of both failures. It also illustrates that while officially there were lessons learned at the Bay of Pigs, they were quickly overwritten by political pressures and proved to be extremely short lived.

"In Denial" traces the practices of secret warfare from the Kennedy Administration onwards – and in a new century examines how covert military action has reemerged, with operations conducted by regimes in Russia, China, and Iran in pursuit of regional political and economic sovereignty. In doing so it describes the resurgence of covert military action in the 21st Century and questions whether certain new practices – seemingly effective by comparison – will actually prove to be more successful, or only prove to have delayed consequences.

"In Denial" is available at

Larry Hancock is considered a top contemporary writers in the areas of intelligence and national security. His previous works in the area of national security and military history include Shadow Warfare (with Stuart Wexler), Surprise Attack, and Nexus: The CIA and Political Assassination. His also coauthor of The Awful Grace of God, a study of religious terrorism, white supremacy, and the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. A graduate of the University of New Mexico, he earned is BA with honors, majoring in history, cultural anthropology and education. Following service in the United States Air Force and a professional career in computer/communications and technology marketing, he returned to his long term interest in historical research. Known as a “document geek”, he researched and published several collections of CIA, FBI and military documents prior to beginning his writing efforts. In Denial is his tenth book dealing with Cold War era history and issues of military history and national security. Author interviews can be arranged by contacting the publisher.

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