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Book details
  • Genre:TRUE CRIME
  • SubGenre:Espionage
  • Language:English
  • Pages:78
  • eBook ISBN:9781626751422


The Real Story of Brothers to the Rescue and the Cuban Five

by Stephen Kimber

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At 3:19 p.m. on the afternoon of February 24, 1996, over the Straits of Florida, a Cuban MiG fighter pilot urgently radioed his ground controller: “Target lock-on, authorize us.” “Zero-eight… Authorized to destroy.” A pause, then: “First shot… We got him, damn it! We got him!” Within seconds, Cuban jets had blown two unarmed aircraft out of the air, killing four civilian members of the anti-Castro exile group, Brothers to the Rescue. That shootdown touched off an international incident that reverberates to this day. But what really triggered the tragedy, and why does the shootdown itself continue to stalk relations between Havana and Washington?
Excerpted from the forthcoming nonfiction thriller, What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five, "Shootdown" provides a chilling account of how a Miami based anti-Castro group launched an escalating series of incursions into Cuban airspace the American government seemed unable or unwilling to stop, and how those provocations led to tragedy over the Straits of Florida and, later, a travesty in a Miami courtroom.
About the author
Stephen Kimber is an award-winning Canadian journalist and the author of eight books, including a novel and seven works of nonfiction. He teaches journalism at the University of King's College in Halifax, Canada.