Bayou of Pigs: The True Story of an Audacious Plot to Turn a Tropical Island into a Criminal Paradise

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9780470153826: Bayou of Pigs: The True Story of an Audacious Plot to Turn a Tropical Island into a Criminal Paradise

The story of how a criminal Shangri-La almost happened

In 1981, a small but heavily armed force of misfits from the United States and Canada set off on an unlikely mission: to invade the impoverished Caribbean island of Dominica, overthrow its government in a coup d'etat, and install a new bought-off prime minister. For two years, the gangleaders recruited manpower, wooed investors, forged links with the mob, stockpiled weapons, and planned their assault. They called it Operation Red Dog. They were going to make millions. All that stood in their way were two federal agents from Louisiana on the biggest case of their lives. Bayou of Pigs tells a remarkable story of foreign military intervention, revolutionary politics, greed, treachery, stupidity, deceit, and one of the most outlandish crimes ever attempted: the theft of a nation.

Stewart Bell (Toronto, ON) is the author of Cold Terror (978-0-470-84056-6).

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This is a true story about an idyllic tropical island and the mercenaries who set out to steal if for profit and adventure.

In 1981, a small but heavily armed force of misfits from the United States and Canada set off on a preposterous mission: invade an impoverished Caribbean country, overthrow its government in a coup d'??tat, install a puppet prime minister, and transform it into a crooks' paradise.

Their leader was a Texas soldier-of-fortune type named Mike Perdue. His lieutenant was a Canadian Nazi named Wolfgang Droege. Their destination: Dominica.

For two years they recruited fighting men, wooed investors, stockpiled weapons and forged links with the mob, leftist revolutionaries and militant Rastafarians. They called their invasion Operation Red Dog. They were going to make millions. People were going to die. An entire nation was going to suffer. All that stood in their way were two federal agents from New Orleans on the biggest cast of their lives.

Set in the Caribbean, Canada and the American South at the beginning of the end of the Cold War, and based on hundreds of pages of declassified US government documents, as well as exclusive interviews with those involved, Bayou of Pigs tells a remarkable tale of foreign military intervention, revolutionary politics, greed, treachery, stupidity, deceit and one of the most outlandish criminal stunts ever conceived: the theft of a nation.

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Six Tips for Planning a Mercenary Invasion of a Tropical Island.

Tip 1. Don't hire Foreign Mercenaries without checking their credentials; they might have overstated their experience.

Tip 2. They could also be right-wing Klansmen and Nazis, which might not go over too well if your coup is supposed to install a leftist regime called the black revolutionary council.

Tip 3. Make sure the captain of the ship hired to transport your mercenaries and their weapons isn't a federal informant.

Tip 4. If you catch on of the ship's crew wearing a mini tape recorder under his t-shirt, you might want to ask whether your operation has been infiltrated.

Tip 5. Advertising an invasion in advance by giving interviews to a radio news reporter is not recommended.

Tip 6. Above all, if you're going to overthrow a third world regime, make sure it isn't on friendly terms with the United States Government.

Making these mistakes could leave you with a lot of time on your hands to think about how you could have been so stupid. Just ask the squad of heavily armed American and Canadian mercenaries who got together in New Orleans in 1981 to stage the Caribbean coup that became known as the Bayou of Pigs invasion. I did. This is what I found out.

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