The Cuba Wars Fidel Castro, the United States, and the Next Revolution

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  • Copyright: 2009-11-10
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"Terrific background, keen insight and an evenhanded critical distance distinguish Erikson's fine work."Kirkus ReviewsThere are few international relationships as intimate, as passionateand as dysfunctionalas that of the United States and Cuba. InThe Cuba Wars, Cuba expert Daniel Erikson draws on extensive visits and conversations with both Cuban government officials and opposition leadersplus key players in Washington and Floridato offer an unmatched portrait of a small country with outsized importance to Americans and American policy. Daniel P. Eriksonis senior associate for U.S. policy at the Inter-American Dialogue think tank in Washington, D.C. He has published more than fifty essays and scholarly articles in publications includingThe Washington Post, theLos Angeles Times, andThe Miami Herald. "A complete, insightful and fair-handed look at American policies toward Cuba."The Associated Press "The Cuba Warsprovides a valuable glimpse inside the U.S. decision-making process with regards to one of its oldest and seemingly most intractable international disputes."The Miami Herald "A sharp and deeply reported account of dynamics informing U.S.-Cuba policy since the Clinton administration."The Nation "Dan Erikson unravels the multiple arguments that swirl about Cuba between Cubans on both sides of the Straits of Florida, the governments in Washington and Havana, and those for whom Cuba is the cause of either glorious revolution or brutal repression. He sheds light on substantive policies, stylistic differences, and deeply-held public values in clear, accessible prose, with fascinating stories that illustrate the larger drama."Jorge I. Dominguez, Professor of Government, Harvard University "Dan Erikson's comprehensive and insightful book could not have been published at a better time. There is a transition under way in Cuba, as in the U.S., and whether one agrees or disagrees with Erikson's balanced analysis, this volume is an excellent starting point to review and rethink decades of policy failure. Neither nostalgia nor wishful thinking will change the realities in Cuba, and this book explains why. Cuban society is evolving; a new political generation is about to move front and center. Wise policy makers will take Erikson's book as a guide to what to do next."Riordan Roett, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Western Hemisphere Program, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University "Erikson achieves what for decades has been so elusive for American observers of the Cuban revolution: he writes with flair and grace, presenting objective, finely nuanced analysis. I like how he weaves in dozens of interviews reflecting a diversity of views. This is a stimulating and valuable read."Brian Latell, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, University of Miami, and author ofAfter Fidel: Raul Castro and the Future of Cuba's Revolution "Dan Erikson has made an issue and a set of characters many of us thought permanently frozen dance out from the pages of his wonderfully refreshing look at the recent US-Cuba madness. There are original anecdotes and portraits in this book that I haven't seen anywhere else. Whether writing about Guantanamo, Havana, Miami, or the shenanigans in Washington, Dan's reporting, analysis, and his wry sense of irony makeThe Cuba Warsa lot more fun to read than the serious titl

Author Biography

Daniel P . Erikson is senior associate for U .S. policy at the Inter-American Dialogue think tank in Washington, D.C. He has published more than fifty scholarly articles and essays and in publications including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Miami Herald. He is co-editor of Transforming Socialist Economies: Lessons for Cuba and Beyond, and recipient of a Fulbright scholarship.

Table of Contents

Mapp. vi
Prefacep. vii
Die Another Dayp. 1
War of Nervesp. 27
The Dissentersp. 54
The Empire Strikes Backp. 78
The Communityp. 106
Capitol Punishmentp. 136
Spy Versus Spyp. 162
The Least Worst Placep. 186
Through the Looking Glassp. 209
The Capitalist Temptationp. 231
Chasing Chávezp. 254
The Next Revolutionp. 277
Afterwordp. 315
Acknowledgmentsp. 336
A Note on Sourcesp. 338
Notesp. 341
Selected Bibliographyp. 356
Indexp. 359
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