"Gott's invaluable [book] dispels many convenient myths." Adam Feinstein, Guardian "authoritative... a compelling account." Louis A. Perez, Times Literary Supplement "Written with verve and scholarship,... the best history [of Cuba] yet." Ian Thomson, Saturday Telegraph "Accessible and well researched." Richard Lapper, Financial Times "Gott is always an interesting, well-informed, and engaging writer." Foreign Affairs "for some time it has been clear that there is a need for a more up-to-date account of Cuba's extraordinary history. Richard Gott's new book fits the bill splendidly.... He writes with balance, penetration and an eye for detail. Perry Anderson, New Statesman "Told with simplicity and a fresh synthesis... A wonderful account." Eliseo Cardona, South Florida Sun-Sentinel"Vom Verlag:
Events in Fidel Castro'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 Elian Gonzales 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 Cuba'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 Castro'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 Revolution's survival in the post-Soviet years.
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