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Manana in Cuba: The Legacy of Castroism and Transitional Challenges for Cuba Hardcover – February 23, 2010

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About the Author

José Azel left Cuba in 1961 as a 13 year-old political exile in what has been dubbed Operation Pedro Pan-the largest unaccompanied child refugee movement in the history of the Western Hemisphere. He is currently dedicated to the in-depth analyses of Cuba’s economic, social, and political state, with a keen interest in post-Castro-Cuba strategies as a Senior Scholar at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS) at the University of Miami and has published extensively on Cuba related topics.

Dr. Azel was one of the founders of Pediatrix Medical Group, the nation’s leading provider of pediatric specialty services and served as its first Chief Financial Officer. He co-founded and serves as Board Chairman of Children’s Center for Development and Behavior, an organization dedicated to providing therapies for children with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders. Dr. Azel was an Adjunct Professor of International Business at the School of Business Administration, Department of Management, University of Miami.

He holds undergraduate and masters degrees in business administration and a Ph.D. in International Affairs from the University of Miami. Dr. Azel has a comprehensive general management background integrating broad functional experience in corporate governance, organizational development and finance.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (February 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449076564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449076566
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,820,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Out of the box" best describes José Azel's book Mañana in Cuba: what could have been a dense, pedantic exposition of the necessary steps to transition from dictatorship to democracy, in Azel's nimble hand becomes a clear, intricate and adventuresome path to follow. Once you read this book you will have to discard all other works that attempt to describe what will happen in Cuba mañana.

It is impossible to simplify the central issues of fixing up a disintegrating country destroyed by the incompetent and monstrous hand of presumed fanatics turned dictators and finally turned into common delinquents; simplification is a must, because the byzantine practices of the regime are such that no one knows or can decipher what their future plans will bring. Moreover, few can fully comprehend what has happened in Cuba at all; it is Kafkian!

But Azel, thinking out of the box, finds ways to hypothesize how to fix the almost unfixable, how to straighten the crooked ... leaving the reader with a unique sense of hope for the future of Cuba.

Azel has the rigorous training of a scholar and businessman searching for answers and what is most important, asking the right questions. He of course brings a much needed American corporate and executive pragmatic sense to bear in suggesting possible solutions to the problems and quandaries facing the island nation. What a relief after so many journalists, US State Department experts and cubanologos have been thinking and writing from "inside the box."

Mañana in Cuba is an intelligent, well-thought out, fresh approach to tired old problems, an eminently enjoyable and profound read. Mañana in Cuba is the most lucid and likely timeless analysis that is available today.

Raúl Chao, PhD
Miami, June 25, 2011
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Mañana in Cuba is the lesson/vision for the best possible outcome of mañanas in Cuba, for this and future generations, I was looking for. The regime, for survival, will never abandon the Marxist dogma; in freedom, ideas evolve to obtain the best possible outcome, from the Greeks to the Enlightment, to the USA today among others. The book stays in that path. The author tells us that the first priority is the individual's liberties. After reading the book I gained a new perspective to analyze other views of a mañana in Cuba.
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I bought this book because Carlos Alberto Montaner wrote a great review on it but I found it repetative and a big WHAT IF. It's ok as a conversation topic but I was expecting more from from the author.
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"Mañana in Cuba" is an absolute must-read for anyone interested in Cuba, transitions of all sorts, how to work with seemingly "broken" societies, or choice architecture.

This book first delves into the current state of Cuba's society, a decimated society that lacks any respect for the rule of law. It's a society many have suggested cannot be compatible with democracy. Consequently, many scholars propose the solution of education to change society, noting that this would take generations and then pose various economic and political solutions to Cuba's problems, without actually noting how one can possibly get to that point with a broken civil society. This frequently leaves readers feeling as though there is little to no hope for Cuba's future.

This book is invaluable in that it provides plausible ways in which to work with the current disposition of the Cuban people, bridging the gap between idealistic goals and a workable solution. It seeks ways in which the Cuban people can be "nudged" to support democracy and freedom to its fullest. After reading "Mañana in Cuba," one can use this theoretical framework to look a various social issues not only in Cuba, but in other transitioning countries and even in the U.S.

This book provides hope for what many had viewed as a lost cause. I highly recommend it.
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A far cry from the emotional and hot-headed discussions Cubans are caricatured for, Dr. Azel's book is an intelligent, thought-provoking, and even-handed look at the possibilities for Cuba's future. He analyzes the transitions of countries around the world and sets their historical successes or failures against a possible future in Cuba. "Change" is not a big enough word for what will happen once the Castro brothers exit, but rather, transition. Dr. Azel makes the reader familiar with terms such as "nudging" and "choice architecture"--words that are well-known and utilized by those interested in political changes, and will soon become catch phrases for countries in transition. Azel delves into Cuba's past, present, and future with a calm and fair-minded approach, while at the same time expanding the reader's knowledge. I learned so much from this book!
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It is a book to read today. Dr. Azel combines the theme of Cuba's political future with the individual, with his behavior. The book is an approach to a clinical record of the problems of Cuban society, with good examples of the fear of change among the Cuban population, and the inexperience and values to be acquired. There is a universal journey through the human experiences of change. The theme of the constitution, if the 1940 or a constituent assembly, presidential or parliamentary system, are among the topics covered by Dr. Azel; without imposing a priori criteria. Maybe you do not agree on the importance that the author gives the Cubans Armed Forces in the future of the island, but to understand and resolve tomorrow's (Mañana) problems in Cuba you need to read today the Azel's book.
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