Synopses & Reviews
Events in Fidel Castroand#8217;s island nation often command international attention and just as often inspire controversy. Impassioned debate over situations as diverse as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Eliand#225;n Gonzand#225;les affair is characteristic not only of modern times but of centuries of Cuban history. In this concise and up-to-date book, British journalist Richard Gott casts a fresh eye on the history of the Caribbean island from its pre-Columbian origins to the present day. He provides a European perspective on a country that is perhaps too frequently seen solely from the American point of view.
The author emphasizes such little-known aspects of Cubaand#8217;s history as its tradition of racism and violence, its black rebellions, the survival of its Indian peoples, and the lasting influence of Spain. The book also offers an original look at aspects of the Revolution, including Castroand#8217;s relationship with the Soviet Union, military exploits in Africa, and his attempts to promote revolution in Latin America and among American blacks. In a concluding section, Gott tells the extraordinary story of the Revolutionand#8217;s survival in the post-Soviet years.
In this acute and profoundly engaged exploration of Cuban history, British journalist Richard Gott illuminates the island's entire revolutionary past, from pre-Columbian times to the present. He emphasizes little-known aspects of Cuba's early centuries and provides an extraordinary account of Castro's regime, its lonely survival in the post-Soviet years, and its expected future.
About the Author
Richard Gott, a British journalist and historian with many yearsand#8217; experience in Latin America, first visited Cuba in 1963 and has reported from the island many times since. He is the author of the classic work on post-Castro revolutionary movements, Guerrilla Movements in Latin America, and most recently of In the Shadow of the Liberator: Hugo Chavez and the Transformation of Venezuela.