Synopses & Reviews
Since the early 1960s, no other country has endured more acts of terrorism against civilian targets than Cuba, and the US has had its hand in much of it. This book gives a voice to the victims. Keith Bolender brings to bear the enormous impact that terrorism has had on Cubas civilian population, with over 800 documented incidents resulting in more than 3,000 deaths and 2,000 injuries. It is Bolenders aim to articulate the atrocities the Cuban people have suffered -- which largely originate from Cuban counter-revolutionaries based in the US, often with the active help of the CIA. Voices From The Other Side includes first-person interviews with more than 75 Cuban citizens who have been victims of these terrorist acts, or have had family members or close friends die from the attacks. It is a unique resource for activists, journalists and students interested in Cuba's torrid relationship with the US.
"Since 1960, successive US administrations have waged an aggressive illegal war against Cuba, the human toll of which has long been ignored. Bolender's book corrects this ignorance, offering a true people's history of perseverance. Highly recommended." -- Greg Grandin, Professor of History at New York University and author of Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism (2006) "A book that should be read and passed around…[This] book does far more than the already-important goal of putting a human face to the victims of these terrorist acts ...it gives us a new understanding of the psychological warfare the US has been carrying out parallel to its economic and military war. This is a book that should be in every library and every progressive bookshelf." -- Karen Lee Wald, author of Children of Che "Counter-narratives are always welcomed: a way to develop new perspectives and challenge old perceptions. Voices From the Other Side is especially timely, for it turns the prevailing paradigm of terrorism on its head: in this instance, Cuba as object of a policy of sanctions, subversion, and sabotage as experienced in the daily lives of the Cuban people." -- Louis A. Pérez, Jr., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill "This is a book that should be in every library and on every progressive bookshelf. I urge people to buy it, read it, pass it on to others." -- Karen Lee Wald, author of Children of Che: Child Care and Education in Cuba
A study of US imperialism that argues America's leaders have chosen to go to war for influence and power ever since the declaration of independence.
About the Author
Paul Atwood is a senior lecturer in the American studies department and research associate in the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences, both at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is a Vietnam-era veteran and an editor of Sticks and Stones: Living with Uncertain Wars (2006).
Table of Contents
Acknowledgement * Forward * 1 Introduction - The Unknown War * 2 Cubana Airlines * 3 Hotel bombings * 4 Operation Peter Pan * 5 Biological terrorism * 6 Boca de Samá * 7 Caibarién and the Fishermen * 8 Literacy Campaign * 9 Cine Mobile * 10 La Coubre * 11 Department Stores * 12 Pinar Del Rio cinema * 13 The Cuban national identity * 14 The Cuban Five * Notes * Index