From Publishers Weekly
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Dan Erikson unravels the multiple arguments that swirl about Cuba between Cubans on both sides of the Straits of Florida, the governments in Washington and Havana, and those for whom Cuba is the cause of either glorious revolution or brutal repression. He sheds light on substantive policies, stylistic differences, and deeply-held public values in clear, accessible prose, with fascinating stories that illustrate the larger drama. (Jorge I. Domínguez, Professor of Government at Harvard University)
Dan Erikson's comprehensive and insightful book could not have been published at a better time. There is a transition under way in Cuba, as in the U.S., and whether one agrees or disagrees with Erikson's balanced analysis, this volume is an excellent starting point to review and rethink decades of policy failure. Neither nostalgia nor wishful thinking will change the realities in Cuba, and this book explains why. Cuban society is evolving; a new political generation is about to move front and center. Wise policy makers will take Erikson's book as a guide to what to do next. (Professor Riordan Roett)
Erikson achieves what for decades has been so elusive for American observers of the Cuban revolution: he writes with flair and grace, presenting objective, finely nuanced analysis. I like how he weaves in dozens of interviews reflecting a diversity of views. This is a stimulating and valuable read. (Professor Brian Latell, author of After Fidel: Raul Castro and the Future of Cuba's Revolution and University of Miami Cuba specialist)
With this fresh, astute, and compassionate exploration of the past two decades of U.S.-Cuban relations, Erikson emerges as a valuable new voice in Washington foreign policy circles. (Foreign Affairs)