Synopses & Reviews
In Adrift: The Cuban Raft People, Alfredo Fernandez surveys the turbulence produced an entire hemisphere away by the collapse of the USSR and concludes that the greatest collateral damage has been inflicted not on the regime of Fidel Castro but rather upon the men, women, and children seeking to flee his dictatorship. For though U.S. immigration policy changed soon after, Castro's grip on the Cuban people has remained unyielding, even as extraordinary economic crises have wracked the island. As a result, countless refugees seeking freedom have disappeared without a trace into the churning waters of the Florida Straits.
In ADRIFT, Alfredo A. Fernandez recounts the saga of the 1994 refugees, tracing the origin of the crisis to the pervasive turmoil produced in Cuba by the 1989-1991 collapse of the USSR and the resulting cut-off of Soviet economic subsidies. During this period, U.S. immigration policy flip-flopped, making the journey to American life for Cubans ever more precarious. In tracking 1994's crisis through ensuing years of global political fallout, Fernandez presents a compelling international gallery of heroes, rogues, survivors, diplomats, and traitors.