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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405187735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405187732
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Approaching Cuba’s revolutionary experiment with third-world socialism from a decidedly sympathetic, progressive, and anti-imperialist standpoint, Chomsky does not shy away from airing the revolution’s dirty laundry even if she places most of the blame for its troubles squarely at the feet of its more powerful neighbor to the north.” – Latin American in Focus: Cuba (ABC-Clio, 2013)

"This excellent short history covers a number of themes while managing to be exceptionally insightful... Chomsky brings a balanced breath of fresh air that not only informs readers but also illuminates the topic. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries." (Choice, 1 August 2011)

"This fact alone makes Chomsky's volume a welcome addition to the historiography of Cuba, and more broadly, Latin America . . . Chomsky's book is concise (less than 200 pages of text) and highly readable, two characteristics favorable for course adoption." (The Americas, 1 July 2011)

"In the case of the Cuban revolution, this book fulfils that intent and appears as a useful addition to the available teaching material. Its division in chapters that can stand alone, based around the themes of economy and politics, relations with the United States, migration, culture, diversity, the special period and Cuba in the 21st century, would allow teachers to use particular sections as class material in a wide range of courses. Tighter editing for the next edition could make it more useful still." (Reviews in History, 9 June 2011

"An overview of the political and economic events is combined with a look at this social impact through an examination of the lives of ordinary people." (Times Higher Education Supplement, 24 February 2011)

“This book is a useful textbook for undergraduate students and a welcome addition to the historiography on the Cuban Revolution. I would even strongly recommend it to any tourist visiting the island since it is concise, very well written, and easy to digest.”  (Hispanic American Historical Review, 1 August 2012)

 

 

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“The book teachers and students of the Cuban Revolution have been waiting for—Chomsky’s scholarly yet accessible history of one of the most fascinating and complex events of modern times.” —Matilde Zimmermann, Sarah Lawrence College

“This is an outstanding textbook on the Cuban Revolution. Smart and clear, A History of the Cuban Revolution is truly interdisciplinary, covering U.S. intervention, the economy, health care, foreign policy as well as gender, literature, popular music and religion. . . .  and the treatment of U.S. foreign policy is a tour de force. This text is the perfect backbone for undergraduate courses on Cuba and the Cuban revolution, as well as Latin American surveys.” —Lauren Derby, University of California, Los Angeles

“This book presents an uncommon and refreshing review of Cuba’s history during the last fifty years. It will be very effective in introducing the revolution to undergraduate students and stimulating discussion. Written in clear prose, it combines personal experience with a careful and balanced review of the scholarship on Cuba.” —Aldo Lauria-Santiago, Rutgers University

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joseph L. Arbena on December 30, 2011
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The author is sympathetic to the Revolution but is prepared to notes its weaknesses and failures. A balanced perspective and good introduction to the topic for both university students and the general public.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mic on April 26, 2012
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this book is very well written and is really good for students.I personally like how everything is simply explained.Also i found that this book contained allot of info about the topic but without being long and boring.props to the writter
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephanierunsforfun on March 18, 2014
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This book is a really great introduction to the Cuban revolution. For those of you who have never read her, Aviva Chomsky is a great writer and I would highly recommend "The Cuba Reader," which she edited, if you are looking for additional in-depth information on Cuba. In this short book she looks at pre-revolutionary Cuba, the social conditions that brought about the great change, the war itself, and finally the efforts of the Cuban government to create a new society. Chomsky touches on issues of gender and race, although there isn't much writing on sexuality. I feel she is very fair at analyzing the victories and shortcomings of the revolution.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 20, 2012
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A well written comprehensive history of the Cuban Revolution. It debunks many of the myths about Cuba that have been omnipresent in the United States while depicting the revolutionary government's mistakes as well as their great accomplishments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Jacobs on November 20, 2012
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covered a lot of information about Cuba in all realms and gave me a lot of very helpful background information. At times was a bit laborious but a reasonable trade off for the good information it provided.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet B. Cook on February 27, 2013
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Terrific overview of the Cuban Revolution. A must read for anyone traveling to Cuba, trying to understand why Americans are the only people in the world restricted from independent travel in Cuba and why the revolution is admired worldwide. The good is balanced by the excesses, the undemocratic actions and the tragedies that are also the revolution.
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