A provocative reinterpretation that will undoubtedly influence subsequent writing about the war.
"Latin American Research Review"
[A] probing and provocative critique of the North American historiographical treatment of the conflict.
"Pacific Historical Review"
We have indeed been well served both professionally and publicly by Perez's critical reappraisal of 1898 and its significations.
ÝDraws¨ from his ÝPerez's¨ vast and detailed knowledge of both primary and secondary sources.
ÝA¨ probing and provocative critique of the North American historiographical treatment of the conflict.
"Pacific Historical Review"
Elegantly written and crammed with the ideas and insights of a master historian.
"Latin American Studies"
One hundred years after the conflict, the publication of Perez's work forms another significant contribution to Cuban history. It is comprehensive in its review of historical writing on the war and well balanced on the main aspects of the conflict. Scholars of both American and Caribbean history will no doubt find the text refreshing and stimulating.--Journal of Caribbean History
A provocative reinterpretation that will undoubtedly influence subsequent writing about the war.--Latin American Research Review
Louis A. Perez, Jr., who brings extensive research, thought, and writing to this task, renders a probing and provocative critique of the North American historiographical treatment of the conflict. . . . In this exhaustively researched, lucidly argued essay, Perez contributes significantly to an understanding of both the history and the historiography of the War of 1898.--Pacific Historical Review
Perez sets the record straight.--International History Review
No serious student of the 1890s and after can ignore this book; it will have important implications for all those who study post-1895 U.S.-Cuban relations. Just about everyone who has written monographs on the 1898 war or--especially--American history or U.S. diplomatic textbooks is going to have to do some extensive rewrites as a result of this book.--Walter LaFeber, Cornell University
[A] tightly-written examination of the import of the Spanish-Cuban-United States War of 1898. . . . We have indeed been well served both professionally and publicly by Perez's critical reappraisal of 1898 and its significations.--The Americas
Perez's study is a refreshing and balanced addition to the literature. Focusing not only on 1898 but also on its place in history, he performs the admirable task of exploring and analyzing the events in their greater context. The book is lucid, well documented, and balanced. . . . This is a model study in a handsome edition that is unusually attractive in its graphic layout.--Choice
[This] short, clearly argued volume is an analysis of the relationship between Cuba and the United States . . . in both 'history and historiography.' Drawing from his vast and detailed knowledge of both primary and secondary sources, Perez narrates both the way the war progressed in Cuba and the way it has been interpreted in the United States.--Historian
The incomparable Louis A. Perez, Jr. has written a stimulating perspective on U.S.-Cuban relationships based on nineteenth-century perspectives and historiographical literature. . . . This work is recommended for students of Cuban history and the general reader.--Colonial Latin American Historical Review
The War of 1898 is a brilliant frontal assault on the generations of scholars who have offered this modern American creation myth as history. . . . [Perez's] analysis is the most thorough, persuasive, and nuanced to date.--Raleigh News & Observer
Elegantly written and crammed with the ideas and insights of a master historian. It provides an extremely thorough and perceptive critique of the historical literature on the war that will be stimulating and required reading for anyone who writes on or teaches this particular topic. . . . An excellent study which will certainly accelerate the historiographical trend.--Latin American Studies
Perez has hit on the soft underbelly of U.S. policy in 1898, which U.S. historians have often tended to repress.--New York Review of Books
Perez has provided us with a brief, detailed recounting of the extent to which historical studies of what he correctly calls the 'Spanish-Cuban-American War' of 1898 were influenced by contemporary U.S. accounts of that conflict, which took credit for having brought freedom to the Cuban people. In correcting that bias, Perez gives considerable space to the work of Cuban scholars, who insist that the U.S. 'victory' was made possible only by the ongoing insurgency by rebels against Spanish rule, and that the self-proclaimed idealism of the American incursion was in fact a mask for intervention in and control of Cuban internal affairs. This is an impressive, enlightening survey and an important addition to the very long shelf of works inspired by this 'neglected' war.--John Seelye, University of Florida