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Cuban Revolution Reader: A Documentary History of 45 Key Moments in the Cuban Revolutionby Julio Garcia Luis
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A timely new publication assessing 50 years of the Cuban revolution.
The Cuban revolution was one of the defining moments of the 20th century, its influence reaching far beyond the shores of the tiny Caribbean island.
As Cuba marks the 50th anniversary of the 1959 overthrow of the Batista dictatorship, this book documents the turbulent history of Fidel Castro’s revolution, from the euphoria of the early years to near economic collapse in the 1990s and finally the Cuban leader’s decision to step down in 2008.
The editor offers a critical examination of Cuba’s decades-long relationship with the Soviet Union and the epilogue considers the prospects for the revolution without Fidel Castro.
Including a comprehensive chronology and index, this is an essential resource for scholars and others.
Julio García-Luis (editor) is one of Cuba’s most prominent writers and historians. Formerly president of the Cuban Journalists Union, he is currently Dean of the School of Social Communications at the University of Havana.
“Cuba has the same effect on US administrations as the full moon has on wolves: it’s an obsession.”—Wayne Smith, former US diplomat in Havana
"Cuba has lived a dramatic life with successes as well as failures. Alone and abandoned by all after the Soviet Union disappeared, it had to resist heroically in some very hard years during which the United States intensified its economic and political aggresssion. Today Cuba forges a path to craft its own unique socialist system, rooted in its own historical experience and with the active participation of its people." —Ricardo Alarcon
“This book is every bit a celebration of the achievements of the revolution, and will prove a useful resource for students seeking to understand how the revolution will now move forward.” —NACLA magazine
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Presented by García-Luis (dean, School of Social Communication, U. of Havana, Cuba), this documentary reader collects materials from the political history of Cuba from the Revolution to the beginnings of the 21st century. Included are speeches and writings from Fidel Castro and other revolutionary leaders, the texts of important laws, government communiqués, United States Senate committee reports on Cuba, articles from the Cuban periodical Granma, and even an address by Pope John Paul II on the occasion of his 1998 visit to Cuba. The material is organized according to 45 moments of Cuban political history, including Fidel Castro's entering Havana following the triumph of the revolution, agrarian reform, nationalization of US companies, the Bay of Pigs, the national literacy campaign, the Vietnam War, the death of Che Guevara, operations in Angola, the "Special Period" following the loss of the Soviet Union as an economic benefactor, and the Elian Gonzalez case. Distributed in the US by Consortium Book Sales & Distribution. Annotation Â©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
New, expanded edition of an anthology documenting the turbulent history of the Cuban revolution.
A new expanded anthology documenting the key moments in the Cuban Revolution, one of the defining moments of the twentieth century.
"Cuba has the same effect on US administrations as the full moon has on wolves: it's an obsession."-Wayne Smith, former US diplomat in Havana
The Cuban Revolution was one of the defining moments of the twentieth century, reaching far beyond the shores of the tiny Caribbean island.
From the euphoria of the early years of the revolution, to the devastating economic crisis that followed the collapse of the socialist bloc in the 1990s and beyond, the editor selects a broad range of material, providing a sweeping vision of revolutionary Cuba-its challenges, its defeats, its impact on the world. Covering forty-five decisive moments, such as the Bay of Pigs invasion and the October missile crisis, this new, expanded edition also features more recent events such as the demise of the Soviet Union, the visit of Pope John Paul II to Cuba, and the crisis over the child refugee Elin Gonzlez.
The editor's introductory essay takes a critical look Cuba's decades-long relationship with the Soviet Union, and a new preface offers a frank, up-to-date assessment of Cuba's post-Castro prospects.
Drawing on primary sources, this book is an outstanding resource for scholars and all those interested in gaining an understanding of Cuba's remarkable experience over the last four and a half decades.
Julio Garca Luisis one of Cuba's most prominent writers and historians. Formerly president of the Cuban Journalists'Union, he is currently dean of the School of Social Communications at the University of Havana.
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Julio García Luis is one of Cuba's most prominent writers and historians. Formerly president of the Cuban Journalists Union, he is currently Dean of the School of Social Communications at the University of Havana.
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