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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Kleiopatria Digital Press (October 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615318568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615318561
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Laurence Daley on November 5, 2009
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Castro as the personification of Soviet Intrusion into Cuba

Marquez-Sterling, Manuel 2009 Cuba 1952-1959: The True Story of Castro's Rise to Power. Kleiopatria Digital Press ISBN-10: 0615318568 ISBN-13: 978-0615318561

This book is a magnificent effort, and a very important one. While I might quibble with the author on some details such about who seemed to be the most senior Soviet agent in charge of Cuban subversion, or the importance of the Battle of Guisa (only mentioned in passing in Time Line section (page 229, 30th of November 1958, Rebels dominate Oriente) where IED (improvised explosive devices) were employed extremely effectively by the Castro forces. However, such quibbles do not detract from this work.

What is abundantly made clear that there was an immense and long standing effort on the part of the Soviets to find, train and deploy Cuban nationals, including Castro, to further their cause. Apparently the Soviets spared no effort to this end; they even burned up their other agents and agents of influence. In this regard perhaps the most telling of all material (and there is a great deal of important information here) is on page 145 when they expend perhaps their most valuable agent of influence Herbert Matthews, merely to carry a message from Castro to author's father.

The book also makes a point of Castro's carefully guided duplicity, at a time when too many books on Castro harp misguidedly on Castro's "mistreatment" by U.S. Officials, he had already put into action his continuing plans (now apparently under the overt direction of Hugo Chavez, but in reality merely a continuation of Soviet plans by former KGB agent and now leader of a reduced Russia).
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My brief assessment of History professor Manuel Marquez-Sterling's book (Cuba 1952-1959: The True Story of Castro's Rise to Power) is that his work has unequaled comprehensive details of politics, diplomacy, and media coverage of Cuba during the 1950's, just before Castro's rise to absolute power in 1959. Among the significant events is Batista's Coup overthrowing fifty years of Cuban democracy in 1952, efforts by the opposition to Batista- by both the violent revolutionaries and the peaceful constitutionalists, the media's erroneous and very favorable portrayal of Castro as a heroic pro-democracy figure (particularly New York Times Herbert Mathews and CBS reporter Robert Taber), the U.S. State Department backing of Castro and the subsequent arms embargo against the Batista dictatorship, events leading to the November 58 elections that Batista fraudulently stole from the author's father, and Castro's takeover in January of 1959 after Batista's chaotic departure. My only negative critique is that the author is a bit too soft on Batista and a bit too harsh on the moderate and liberal revolutionary political leaders that supported the armed struggle against Batista. However, the book is the author's labor of love, for both Cuba and a father that got cheated from been President in November of 1958. As a matter of fact, this book by Marquez-Sterling is recommended in my own book about Memories from the Land of the Intolerant Tyrant (available from Blue Note Books) as one of the best describing political events in Cuba before the 1959 Revolution.
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I've just finished this extremely engrossing book and highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the sad TRUTH about the tragedy of Fidel Castro's coming to power. The book was written by Manuel Marquez-Sterling, and no one knows, better than he does, the facts concerning this very turbulent time. He explains quite clearly, the madness that took over common sense and allowed this brutal dictator to take over this beautiful, proud country. Anyone who wonders how something like this, was allowed to happen, will have their answers in this marvelous book !
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I read this book while taking a short seminar on Cuba, and it was very useful. It was good to be exposed to this "other" history of the Cuban Revolution, and understand that it wasn't just a Batista vs. Castro story. Very important to me, the book did a real service of reminding the reader that beneath major events are always some set of actors, among whom interacting predilections, decisions and actions combine to yield the observable events. The observable events always seem to take on the character of a simple, easily remembered story, which obscures what actually happened. So it was very interesting to read the accounts of the involvement of the different characters. And the book was very nicely produced, too; good layout, look & feel.
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For those of us who had the misfortune to leave Cuba as teenagers in 1960 this book brings to life the historical sequences and the infamous political players who brought the downfall of the Cuban republic. Cuba's tumultuous history of the years 1952 through 1959 is a perfect example of the axiom: "if something can go wrong, it will..." While there is a lot of blame to go around, mainly Fidel Castro and Fulgencio Batista (the latter for not adjudicating justice to the former), this excellent book brings to light the very important roles played by the Left's premier journalist of his time Herbert Mathews and the U.S. State Department's communist infiltrated fourth floor in the downfall of the Republic. I always heard from my parents and older members of my family that Fidel Castro carried a deeply ingrained hatred for Cuba and the Cuban people. The book explains lucidly how this was passed on from his father, a member of the Spanish colonialist army, and an "integrista", who was part of the detachment that killed one of the greatest Cuban generals of the war of independence: Antonio Maceo. There is a lot of blame to go around, but in the end, the Cuban people did not know how to govern themselves under a democratic and representative government. This book answers a lot of questions that haunt those of us who still today remember and deeply miss our beautiful country.
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