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

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“Terrific background, keen insight and an evenhanded critical distance distinguish Erikson’s fine work.”—Kirkus Reviews

There are few international relationships as intimate, as passionate—and as dysfunctional—as that of the United States and Cuba. In The Cuba Wars, Cuba expert Daniel Erikson draws on extensive visits and conversations with both Cuban government officials
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 10th 2009 by Bloomsbury Press (first published October 28th 2008)
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Frank Kelly
We appear to be on the edge of significant change in US-Cuba relations and to best understand what has happened, this is a must-read. Erikson weaves together the many odd and discordant aspects of Cuban-American relations: exiles in Miami and elsewhere in the world, the internal dissident movement in Cuba, the role of Hugo Chavez (which cannot be underestimated) and White House after White House that has failed to properly focus on Fidel and the threat he poses. What I found particularly fascina ...more
This book written by Daniel P. Erikson who is a Senior Associate for US Policy at the Inter-American Dialogue think tank in Washington, is an interesting read about the political relationship between Cuba and the US. A lot of research went into this book and it is written with quite an objective view, more of a journalistic style. I learned a lot about the history and what sparked the initial conflict between the two countries and was astounded at how complicated the relationship is and how diff ...more
I read this just before I made a (legal) trip to Cuba. It provided a clear and concise overview of the history of US-Cuba relations. No matter how you spin it, the US' policy toward Cuba since Kennedy is frivilous, inhumane and hypocritical. You don't have to have a positive opinion of Castro or his policies to reach that conclusion -- the facts are that Cubans have more democracy than the Chinese, better health care than millions of Americans and a better educational system than most countries ...more
Erikson does a great job of bringing the different angles of current Cuban/American conflicts to light, yet his explanation of a movement to end the embargo outside the Cuban-American community is really lacking. He does not focus as much on this push to bring Cuban/American relations closer.
This is a history and exploration and political basis of the embargo.
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