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Publisher's Summary

This timely book provides a balanced, deeply knowledgeable introduction to Cuba since 1492. Tracing the island's history over 500 years, the authors provide an incisive overview for anyone interested in exploring beyond the enduring stereotypes.

©2017 Rowman & Littlefield (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"This very accessible primer will fire the imagination of college students as well as provide curious US travelers with well-reasoned answers to their most pressing FAQs." (Richard E. Feinberg, University of California San Diego, author of Open for Business)

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Lost Opportunity (and time)

The authors begin this book stating their aim to provide a balanced history of Cuba and specifically to include both perspectives when it comes to the complex relationship with the United States. They failed miserably.

Having grown up among the exile community I have heard one side of the story. My hope was that this book would provide a more nuanced version of the mostly well known events of the last 60 years. Instead, the authors spend most of the books providing a fawning tribute to Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution. Any conflicts are portrayed as the fault of the U.S. and even nominal criticism of the Cuban regime is typically qualified. The authors do not seem to make any effort to frame events from the North American point of view in terms other than imperialism.

The lack of objectivity and ham-handed bias in the writing are very unfortunate in that they severely undermine the authors intent to show the positive aspects of the Cuban experience to a discerning reader. More unfortunate is the authors explicitly aim their book at students.

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Only deals with post revolution Cuba. Glorifies and defends the Castro regime. Only points to the flaws in is US policy . Offers no insight or even mention of crimes of Castro regime .

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