Books: Blunders by Men Wearing Blinders

BAY OF PIGS: THE UNTOLD STORY by Peter Wyden Simon & Schuster; 352 pages; $12.95

Peter Wyden is one of those veteran journalists who scoff at the notion that historians can gain insights into past events by poking around in faded documents. To be sure, Wyden fought for release of every official paper that might illuminate America's most humiliating pre-Viet Nam military fiasco: the 1961 invasion at Cuba's Bay of Pigs. But he also spent several years assaulting the still sensitive memories of the CIA's chastened plotters; interviewing the bitter Cuban exiles who had watched their comrades die...

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