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Hispanic parishioners at Grace Episcopal Church in New Orleans told Doss and Frade of their friends' and relatives' dire situation in Cuba and pleaded for assistance. The two organized first a series of "freedom flights" that helped rescue more than one thousand people, but these were cut off when the great Mariel boatlift began. In a riveting narrative, Doss describes how he and Frade then purchased an old World War II submarine chaser they renamed God's Mercy, engaged in delicate diplomacy at the highest level of Cuban authority, and ultimately ran an American Coast Guard blockade to reach Mariel. Throughout his tale of the dramatic rescue, Doss intersperses compelling portraits of many of the participants and pilgrims, revealing the human faces behind a historic event filled with suffering, cruelty, and violence, as well as heroism and humor.

Doss originally wrote Let the Bastards Go -- the title echoes a Cuban anti-émigré slogan -- in 1984, and Walker Percy provided a foreword. Doss decided against publishing it then, however, fearing that the wounds within the Cuban American community were too fresh. Now, thirty years later, the inspiring story of God's Mercy is available in a paperback edition.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xx
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Part one: THE MISSION
  2. pp. 5-6
  1. 1. The Parade
  2. pp. 7-13
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  1. 2. On the Streets
  2. pp. 14-18
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  1. 3. Freedom Flights
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. 4. Behind the Political Scenes
  2. pp. 21-24
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  1. 5. Barriers
  2. pp. 25-32
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  1. 6. The People!
  2. pp. 33-46
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  1. 7. Decision
  2. pp. 47-56
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  1. 8. Repudiations
  2. pp. 57-64
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  1. 9. Going
  2. pp. 65-74
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  1. 10. Propaganda
  2. pp. 75-78
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  1. 11. The Last Flight
  2. pp. 79-87
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  1. 12. The Meeting at Tamiami Park
  2. pp. 88-90
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  1. 13. Negotiations
  2. pp. 91-103
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  1. 14. Commando Priests
  2. pp. 104-113
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  1. 15. The Rubicon
  2. pp. 114-116
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  1. 16. The Cigar Maker
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  1. 17. Storm Clouds
  2. pp. 121-125
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  1. 18. Marlene
  2. pp. 126-127
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  1. 19. Samson and God’s Mercy
  2. pp. 128-139
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  1. 20. Yamil
  2. pp. 140-141
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  1. 21. Going Anyway
  2. pp. 142-153
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  1. 22. The Leper
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  1. Part two: QUE SE VAYAN
  2. pp. 156-164
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  1. 23. On Board God’s Mercy
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  1. 24. Casting Off
  2. pp. 170-172
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  1. 25. At Sea
  2. pp. 173-174
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  1. 26. Running the Blockade
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  1. 27. Mariel
  2. pp. 182-190
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  1. 28. Difficult Decisions
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  1. 29. The Dockworker
  2. pp. 199-206
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  1. 30. Youth
  2. pp. 207-213
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  1. 31. The Guests of the Triton Hotel
  2. pp. 214-225
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  1. 32. Ready or Not
  2. pp. 226-234
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  1. 33. Designs
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  1. 34. Growing Anxiety
  2. pp. 245-252
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  1. 35. A Family Story
  2. pp. 253-256
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  1. 36. The Camp at Mosquito
  2. pp. 257-264
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  1. 37. Desperate Actions
  2. pp. 265-279
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  1. 38. A Time to Go
  2. pp. 280-281
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  1. 39. Voyage Home
  2. pp. 282-299
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  1. Appendix: The Passengers of God’s Mercy
  2. pp. 300-306
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780807159774
Related ISBN
9780807128541
MARC Record
OCLC
895048502
Pages
300
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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