- Paperback: 278 pages
- Publisher: Potomac Books; 5 edition (April 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1574884360
- ISBN-13: 978-1574884364
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,118,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cuba: From Columbus to Castro and Beyond, Fifth Edition, Revised 5th Edition
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About the Author
Jaime Suchlicki, one of the world’s foremost scholars on Latin America, is a professor of history at the School of International Studies at the University of Miami. He edits the Journal of Inter-American and World Affairs, consults for the U.S. government, and is the author of Mexico: From Montezuma to the Fall of the PRI and University Students and Revolution in Cuba. He lives in Coral Gables, Florida.
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After the period of Castro's takeover of the island, the narrative descends into a series of personal opinions and observances peppered with historical facts. It seems the author patched together this part of the book from a few articles and lectures he has given. The coverage of the Bay of Pigs is practically non-existent, as is focus on Che Guevara and the impact he had on the fledgling Communist state. Toward the end of the book, the author descends even further into a minor rhetorical battle with the tenets of Cuban Communism.
I finished the book in spite of that, and there's a good section in the back on books for further reference.
My guess is that the Cuban threat still lingers in the author's mind, and for various political reasons he felt he had to water down the post-1959 section of the book. Keep in mind that the book was written around the mid-80's and the Cold War was still in full bloom. In fact, the Nicaraguan contra war against the Sandinistas was also a shadow war against Castro, who had greatly aided the Sandinistas as they took power, and this was happening simultaneously as the release of this book.
It seems that Mr. Suchlicki is currently an adviser to officials in the Bush administration. These officials are drawing up plans for a "democratic transition" in Cuba even as we speak. Anyone searching for differing viewpoints on Cuba is definitely advised to shop around and check the credentials of the author before beginning a book.
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