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Cuba 1952-1959: The True Story of Castro's Rise to Power Paperback – October 14, 2009
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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).Read more ›
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Interesting but hoped to learn more about the Cuban people and how they were impacted by the changes.Published 17 months ago by Arthur Lively
Cuba 1952-1959:The True Story of Castro's Rise to Power,Manuel Marquez-Sterling:
A bit pacifist for me as far solutions back then,also while towards the end in the list of... Read more
This book is very informative and well written about what really happened in Cuba in the 1950's. My family always told me about how Cuba was a paradise back in the 50's and this... Read morePublished on March 22, 2014 by maria odette loonsfoot
Speaking frankly, I was disappointed. Despite this book's title it looks rather like hagiography of Carlos Marquez-Sterling based on some demonstrably misleading assumptions than... Read morePublished on November 15, 2011 by Tartessos
This is a frustrating book. Written as an anti-Castro polemic, with, therefore, a highly subjective style with no hint of balance, there are too many occasions when allegations,... Read morePublished on June 29, 2010 by Mr. Timothy Woffenden
This is a good reminder of how fragile is democracy. The silent majority of reasonable people have to take part in the process.Published on June 24, 2010 by R. Holloway
Very well written by Professor Manuel Marquez Sterling
Amazing historical facts of how Castro took over Cuba
and became a Comunist Dictator.
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CUBA 1952-1959 by Manuel Márquez-Sterling: straight-arrow to reality. "The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth". Read morePublished on January 30, 2010 by Emilio Gomez
The author tints pro-Fidelistas with rose-colored lenses, gazing through the looking glass of Cuba Socialista. Read morePublished on December 13, 2009 by R. L. Huff