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Secret Missions to Cuba: Fidel Castro, Bernardo Benes, and Cuban Miami 1st Edition

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Where interest in Cuba and Cuban American politics is strong, this analysis by the director of the University of Miami's Center for Latin American Studies will circulate and cause controversy. Attorney Bernardo Benes briefly held a post in the Castro government but left for Miami in November 1960. There Benes worked in banking and with civic groups such as United Way and agitated for Cuban American causes. Between 1977 and 1986, with the blessing of the Carter and Reagan administrations, Benes made more than six dozen trips to Cuba, meeting with Castro himself. Benes' most notable achievements were Castro's 1978 decision to free 3,600 political prisoners and an agreement that permits Cuban exiles in the U.S. to visit their families (and Cubans to visit their U.S. relatives). But Miami's Cuban American leaders viciously attacked Benes for "dialoguing" with Castro. Levine suggests that Benes' secret missions and the rancorous community response form the background for the Elian Gonzalez hysteria and George W. Bush's hairbreadth "victory" in Florida. Mary Carroll
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'Levine's detailed and extensive reporting should stand as a valuable contribution to 20th century history.' - Miami Today

'Bernardo Benes is an unlikely but true American hero...this book is a masterpiece of history and reporting which fleshes out one of the great human dramas of our time. Fascinating!' - Edna Buchanan, Pulitzer Prize Winner for General Reporting

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st edition (October 4, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403960461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403960467
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,314,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This well written, meticulously researched book reveals startling information about negotiations between Washington and Havana during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Many of these negotiations have never been mentioned, notably an effort during Reagan's presidency to steal Cuba away from the Soviet orbit. The book provides an honest and probing portrait of Miami's Cuban exile community, and its inability to cope with some of its members who believed that only through dialogue could meaningful relations be opened. The chilling story of how the dialogers were ostracised needs to be read by anyone concerned with issues of freedom of speech and expression. Highly recommended.
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This book masterfully exposes the venality of the right-wing Cuban exile power brokers, especially the suffocating voices of Spanish-language radio in Miami. I can attest to the fact that the book is wholly on the mark. It reveals details about the exile experience that are astonishing, and also very sad. This is the best book I have ever read on the subject, and also on the precarious, often bad-faith relationship between Washington D.C. and Havana.
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I found this book to be self serving. This man went to Cuba reclaiming from Fidel Castro restitution of the financial downturn his family suffered due to the revolution of '59. That was his prioriry. He has admitted as much. So much for "humanitarian" efforts. He doesn't give a frig about the murderous reign of the Castro brothers. Not only is he a traitor to the land of his birth; he is a traitor to his own heritage as a jew. Castro helped train Palistinian guerrillas on Cuban soil. This Benes guy is scum. People should rethink everything about him.
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Format: Hardcover
This story needs to be told. It shows how powerful Miami Cubans not only punished the man responsible for the process of dialogue that led to the release of prisoners from Castro's jails, but essentially elected George W. Bush president in the astonishing electoral race of that year in Florida.
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I was moved by the travails of Bernardo Benes,who put his life and family at risk because insensitive right-wingers in the Cuban exile community in Miami turned him into a paraih because he dared talk with Cuba's Castro in behalf of political prisoners and dialogue.
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