The Havana Job

When three CIA agents bungle their way into Fidel Castro’s clutches on the eve of the most dangerous international standoff of the 20th century, they are sentenced to Cuba’s most notorious prison, the Isle of Pines. Escape seems impossible. This is the previously classified story of a Hail Mary plan, a Dirty Dozen crew of lowlifes, and a woman who wouldn’t bow to authority as she fought to bring them home.

Greg Nichols
Jul 9 · 41 min read
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The Isle of Pines prison
Cuban soldados defending against Bay of Pigs invasion
Bay of Pigs prisoners
Fidel Castro & James Donovan during negotiations over the fates of the Bay of Pigs prisoners.


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Greg Nichols

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Nonfiction storyteller. Lives on a sailboat, crashed a motorcycle, and edits with a cutlass. Co-founder @trlyadventurous.

Truly*Adventurous

Truly*Adventurous is a media company conceived in a spirit of adventure and built with reckless faith in the power of punch-’em-in-the-teeth longform storytelling. We commission original true stories from the world’s best nonfiction artists.