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Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know Paperback – July 17, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0195383805 ISBN-10: 019538380X

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Product Details

  • Series: What Everyone Needs to Know
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (July 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019538380X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195383805
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.8 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What Everyone Needs to Know

WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW About This Series

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An incisive approach to a complex and timely issue, laid out in a straight-forward, question-and-answer format.

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"Excellent and... evenhanded.... [It] packs a phenomenal amount of complex history into clear and simple prose."--Los Angeles Times"Sweig's useful ready reference is highly recommended."--Library Journal"Splendid...Sweig displays a talent for succinctness and clarity, as well as a subtle, deep knowledge of Cuban affairs." --Foreign Affairs

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Julia Sweig has written a wonderful book about Cuba, past and present.
Pfng
I would highly recommend CUBA What Everyone Needs to Know to students who want to learn about Cuba as well as to folks who are just looking for a good read.
Elizabeth Rose
Please do not purchase this book which might encourage the author to subject the world to another literary catastrophe.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dan Erikson on August 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
In this new book, Julia Sweig draws on her impressive knowledge of Cuba to great effect. The book seamlessly traces Cuba from its early colonial history through the Cuban Revolution, its aftermath, and outlines the contemporary issues now that Fidel has left power. The book can be read in one sitting or used as a reference, and the Q&A format works well because all the right questions get asked. I especially enjoyed the historical section which gives a great synopsis of Cuba's early origins, as well as the current political analysis. The book matches the ambitions of its title and then some---it should be a first resort for the curious and the expert alike!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By biscuit baseball on August 31, 2012
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I'm 50 pages in. This book is extremely informative and the writing is very good, very concise. However, I'm really wondering how the LA Times review could have possible called this book 'evenhanded'. The author must be an old-school campus liberal because so far this book goes to great pains to find the silver lining in every aspect of Fidel's revolution. And not surprisingly, the US is characterized as a cynical, manipulative force at every turn. The author even takes it upon herself to insinuate that just about all counterrevolutionary activity after Fidel's radicalization was really just CIA meddling (quite a position to take, unless you can support it, which she does not).

I'm not coming at this book from any political angle. I would just appreciate a more objective approach to the subject matter. This is starting to read like a thinly veiled defense of one-party leftist rule. Readers should be aware of this. Having said that, the organization of the book is great for those looking for a fairly quick and compact background on Cuba.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rifka Sanchez on July 5, 2009
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What an unbelievable book this is. I bought it seen Dr. Sweig all over television over the past year. She comes across as one of the smartest, most charismatic talking heads on foreign policy I've seen in a generation. Her book, Cuba: What Everyone Needs To Know, is every bit as compelling. It manages to be accessible yet erudite, sweeping yet detailed, and conversational yet profound. Whether you are a Cuban history buff or want to give a friend with little knowledge of Cuba the primer of all primers, this is the book to get. I'm blown away.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Rose on July 23, 2009
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I just finished this wonderful book (CUBA What Everyone Needs to Know) and I LOVED it. Ms. Sweig is a gifted writer: this book reads like fiction. Really, the book is a page turner. I learned a great deal, but it was painless -- not like an assigned reading at all. I would highly recommend CUBA What Everyone Needs to Know to students who want to learn about Cuba as well as to folks who are just looking for a good read. I read at least one American newspaper a day (usually the Washington Post) and I did not know most of the information in the book. For example, did you know that on 911 the Cuban government "privately offered to open its airfields for American planes to land there and offered medical teams to assist with the disaster and recovery."(see p. 181) I had no idea. Thumbs up for this great book.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ken Buckingham on July 4, 2009
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If visiting Cuba to see more than vintage American cars is appealing, you can rely on expert Julia Sweig's new, most timely book, Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know. Sweig's long established knowledge of Cuba together with her fun, familiar, voice-filled writing style makes this the bible for rediscovery of Cuba as the US gradually opens up the embargo-burdened bogeyman 90 miles to the South.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Bolero on July 5, 2009
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Cuba,What Everyone Needs to Know is just that - what we all need to know about Cuba to be fully educated about the country, its history, its relationship with the US, and why it matters. Julia Sweig's writing is thoroughly accessible, making the subject compelling, alive, and relevant. She's given us an utterly balanced look at history and the issues. Her expertise is of the highest caliber. For anyone interested in Cuba, this book is a must.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Travellingmom on March 15, 2012
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I recently took a people to people trip to Cuba but before leaving wanted to know more about the country and its recent history. This book really helped me understand the revolution and its outcome on the country. It was not a book which I read from cover to cover in one sitting but it was one I looked forward to picking up again. For anyone going to Cuba or just to understand more about our relationship with the country the book is very helpful.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Barnitz on August 3, 2009
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Easily one of the best studies of Cuba and its cultural scene to come out in the last few years. It gives a very well documented historical background that goes back to the nineteenth century tracing the path of Cuban history from its liberation from Spain with United States help, and the poet and activist Jose Marti to the present and the Castro brothers. Rather than defend one side or another of the Cuban Revolution of the 1950s, Sweig offers a well balanced analysis of all the factors in what amounts to the most objective study I have yet read. It carefully documents United States involvement and interests in Cuba without prejudice. Readers should come away from this book with a clearer understanding of the complexities of Cuban politics and its relations with the rest of the world, not just Russia and the U.S.
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