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Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know (What Everyone Needs to Know)

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Ever since Fidel Castro assumed power in Cuba in 1959, Americans have obsessed about the nation ninety miles south of the Florida Keys. America's fixation on the tropical socialist republic has only grown over the years, fueled in part by successive waves of Cuban immigration and Castro's larger-than-life persona. Cubans are now a major ethnic group in Florida, and the exile community is so powerful that every American president has curried favor with it. But what do most Americans really know about Cuba itself?

In this second edition of the widely hailed Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know®, Julia Sweig updates her concise and remarkably accessible portrait of the small island nation--and now includes material from her 2010 interview with Fidel Castro. The new edition covers the key events of the last few years: Raul Castro's assumption of power from his brother Fidel, economic and political reforms since Raul came to power, and the changes in US-Cuba relations following the election of Barack Obama. Expansive in coverage and authoritative in scope, the book looks back over Cuba's history since the Spanish American War before shifting to recent times. Focusing equally on Cuba's role in world affairs and its own social and political transformations, Sweig divides the book chronologically into the pre-Fidel era, the period between the 1959 revolution and the fall of the Soviet Union, the post-Cold War era, and — finally — the post-Fidel era.

Informative, pithy, and lucidly written, it is the best compact reference on Cuba's internal politics, its often fraught relationship with the United States, and its shifting relationship with the global community.

What Everyone Needs to Know® is a registered trademark of Oxford University Press.

About the Author

Julia E. Sweig is the Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of Inside the Cuban Revolution (winner of the AHA Herbert Feis award for the best book of the year by an independent scholar) and Friendly Fire: Losing Friends and Making Enemies in the Anti-American Century. She lives with her family outside of Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

1. Before the 1959 Revolution: Cuban National Identity and the Great Powers

2. The Cuban Revolution and the Cold War, 1951-1991

3. The Cuban Revolution After the Cold War, 1991-2006

4. After Fidel, Under Raul

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199896707
Author:
Sweig, Julia E
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Sweig, Julia E.
Subject:
Foreign Legal Systems
Subject:
Politics | Comparative Politics | Latin America
Subject:
Politics | International Studies
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
5.5 x 8.2 x 1 in 0.75 lb

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