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Cuba 1952-1959: The True Story of Castro's Rise to Power Paperback – October 14, 2009
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About the Author
Manuel Márquez-Sterling was born in Havana, Cuba. He has lived in the US since 1960. He is Professor Emeritus of History at Plymouth State University. His publications include Historia de la Isla de Cuba (co-authored with his father, Carlos Márquez-Sterling), Carlos Márquez-Sterling: Memorias de un Estadista, and "Fernán González, First Count of Castile: the man and the legend." He is also known for his acclaimed historical novels La Cúpula and Hondo Corre el Cauto. The latter topped the Miami Nuevo Heraldo best seller list. An accomplished playwright, his works in that genre include La Salsa del Diablo (The Devil's Sauce), which won the Madrid-Miami Letras de Oro Award in 1993, and Corneille's Dream, winner of the 1996 Southern New Hampshire University Spectrum Award for One Act Play. Following the example of his grandfather (Manuel Márquez-Sterling [1872-1934]), the author also writes a long running op-ed column for the (Spanish language) Diario Las Americas. Before becoming a historian he studied law at the University of Havana in the 50s, where at graduation he received the Ricardo Dolz Arango National Law Award, the top University of Havana law student prize. His law practice in Cuba included serving as Public Defender and arguing a constitutional law case before Cuba's Supreme Court.
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"Cuba" is a clearly argued, well documented and very readable history of the 7 years during which too many in Cuba and the US misread Castro's revolution.
A must read for anyone who wants to know the truth about what happened and why.
A bit pacifist for me as far solutions back then,also while towards the end in the list of persons associated with the history involved he does give credit to Carlos Prío Socarrás the Last Democratically Elected President as he finely points out.He neglects to mention except again under The Auténtico party (in the end of the book claims they passed legislation for the poor,etcera.)he can't help but impy That Grau and Prio(both Autenticos)had "rampant" corruption and lack of enthusiasm for Fighting "Gangsterism(Which is untrue,Grau while plagued by some matters while more radical was still the Founder and still A good President.while Prio who had a Tough Minister of defense and head of National Police in Quirino Uria who was so Honest that Criminals knew he could not be bribed or intimidated.)These gripes of mine aside which are neglected in this otherwise scholarly and well written book,Although one in hindsight can say well this should have not been and that should have not etcera,however,he raises the most important thing for me:Knowing Castro why did People in The Media and Upper Middle Classes and Well-off supported this Monster who had every inclination of being a dictator,A Nutjob meglomaniac,a Communist and a Self-loathing/Self-Hating Cuban.The author points out Castro's father was Anti-Cuban as a Proud Spaniard who was a Integrista and always would hold That Cuba will always be Spain's Colony,and Anti-American its not surprise that the Offspring of his getting his kicks out of marriage would produce such Scoundrel.So much was known about Castro from His University Gangster days that why was he allowed in the "Ortodoxos" Party? a Radical(too radical) Offshoot of The Autenticos.The Author's father was a Ortodoxo and would ending up starting the Pueblo Party a newer offshoot since the Communists were rampant in the Orthodox Party,Unlike the Autenticos who were friends of Labor and Who kicked out the Communists out of the CTC. Most of the sweeping Progressive laws and acts were courtesy of the PRC-A,I would recommend if you read this book to also read Professor Charles Ameringer's The Cuban Democratic Experience:The Autentico Years which covers Grau and Prio as well as Dr.Raul Eduardo Chao "3 Days in March" which cover the Batista Coup of Prio on That sad and fateful day March 10,1952.The author could have been more insightful regarding Chibas who as Stalwart of the Orthodoxos would constantly on the radio incite his people with false accusations against Prio and his Administration which mentioned in passing that he took his own life(Chiba's on-air Radio Suicide,which is towards the end of the book.)There is a lot of insightful information for Non-Cubans and specifically Apologists for the Castro regime who parrot the party-line of statistics Pre and Post-Castro Cuba,Only Venezuela in the 50s had a Higher GDP than Cuba per household,and that in conclusion this was Never about Cubans living in the poverty line as Statistics show otherwise,it was Political,Cuba's problem was not Social,Also the Casinos which there were a Total of 10,one resort by the way was owned by Cubans(Cuban Union Owned no Less!)The history that has been put out about Cuba being a Mob-owned haven is beyond laughable and only used by Castroite Faux-Historians.Las Vegas was and is Owned by the Mob,all of it and no one ever asks to have them nationalized,taken over and/or shut down,among many other parts of the United States.I enjoyed this book as a gift despite some partisan stuff here and there.
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Amazing historical facts of how Castro took over Cuba
and became a Comunist Dictator.