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Contesting Castro: The United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution

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Today they stand as enemies, but in the 1950s, few countries were as closely intertwined as Cuba and the United States. Thousands of Americans (including Ernest Hemingway and Errol Flynn) lived on the island, and, in the United States, dancehalls swayed to the mambo beat. The strong-arm Batista regime depended on Washington's support, and it invited American gangsters like ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 12th 1995 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published April 21st 1994)
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Contesting Castro is Thomas G. Paterson’s exploration of U.S.-Cuban relations during the 1950s through the victory of Fidel Castro’s revolutionary forces in 1959. In 22 chapters, Paterson “seeks not only to explain the origins of the U.S. collision with revolutionary Cuba and the reasons for the U.S. failure to block Fidel Castro’s rise to power, but also to tell the dramatic tale of the Cuban insurrection against the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship” (p. vii).

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