- Hardcover: 544 pages
- Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1st edition (October 13, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1469617633
- ISBN-13: 978-1469617633
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
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Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana Hardcover – October 13, 2014
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An exceedingly well-written and well-documented account. . . . Essential for libraries that support research into the political and diplomatic history of America foreign relations with Cuba in the latter half of the 20th century.--Library Journal, starred review
Challenging the prevailing narrative of U.S.-Cuba relations, this book investigates the history of the secret, and often surprising, dialogue between Washington and Havana. The authors, who spent more than a decade examining classified files, provide a comprehensive account of negotiations beginning in 1959. . . . suggesting that the past holds lessons for future negotiators." --The New Yorker
LeoGrande and Kornbluh's exhaustive and masterful diplomatic history will stand as the most authoritative account of U.S.-Cuban diplomatic relations during the five decades of Cuban President Fidel Castro's rule.--Foreign Affairs
A fascinating and thorough intellectual introduction to the [December 2014 Obama-Castro] accords. . . . The book makes it clear that, during the long period of the Cuban–Soviet alliance, an agreement was practically impossible, though the history of attempts reads like a James Bond novel.--The New York Review of Books
Very well written. . . . It will be interesting for specialists, general readership, and undergraduate and graduate students.--Choice
A tour de force, Back Channel to Cuba never simplifies the complexity of the post-Revolution relationship between the United States and Cuba. The authors' virtuosity and enthusiastic vigor is reminiscent of John Le Carre as a political moralist while adhering to exacting scholarly standards.--The American Conservative
Told in clear prose, this richly detailed book underscores how diplomacy makes headlines, but many exchanges happen far from official negotiation tables.--Publishers Weekly, starred review
LeoGrande and Kornbluh's groundbreaking work is essential reading for U.S.-Cuban scholars and for anyone who wants to understand the context of Raul Castro and Obama's December 2014 announcements.--Diplomatic History
Observers should look to Back Channel to Cuba and its mastery of detail and analysis for the precedents that map out the road ahead—and the potholes to avoid.--American Historical Review
LeoGrande and Kornbluh have analyzed thoroughly the history of dialogue between two countries locked in a contradictory relationship for five decades, with each side skeptical that the other truly wanted improved relations. With continual change in Washington, and continuity in Cuban leadership, the authors draw important lessons from the efforts of every administration since Eisenhower to negotiate with Cuba.--President Jimmy Carter
Back Channel to Cuba tells a dynamic, expansive, and anecdote-rich story drawn from compelling primary sources, interviews and declassified documents. Generational change in the ranks of Cuban leadership and transformation on the ground and in the Cuban diaspora in the United States make Back Channel to Cuba a particularly timely contribution: history can and should serve as a guide to present and future decisions about the art of the possible by Cuban and American leaders, policy makers, and citizens.--Julia E. Sweig, author of Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know
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The outcome is brightened by the actions taken most recently by the Obama Administration and, yet, attempted to be thwarted by either the folks seeing the situation from the past or predisposed to only view the issue from their own narrow interest. This is a book that anyone interested in diplomacy and the resolution of soverign states' interestes needs to read, ponder, and derive some principles that could be applied in future circumstances to resolve issues and find common understanding between peoples and countries.
“The Salvation of the State is Watchfulness of the Citizen," quotation engraved in over the north entrance of our state capitol building. Construction began in 1922 and was completed, fully paid for, in 1932, in the height of the world's worst depression.
American democracy depends upon informed, alert, involved citizens. This book serves our democratic system well.
A lot of incidents that the communist government initiated was not mention
The Cuban government was involved in drug trafficking with the approval of Cuban officials
A good propaganda book for the communist nation
de La Cabania whom Castro asked for advice and had almost shot--(perhaps inadvertently). And I still hope to have my Ninth Interview with him........El Caballo surely left an impact on Hemispheric History (HH).