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 CarrollCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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'Levine's detailed and extensive reporting should stand as a valuable contribution to 20th century history.' - Miami Today
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