Contesting Castro: The United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution

Paperback (Print)
Rent
Rent from BN.com
$12.44
(Save 50%)
Est. Return Date: 09/09/2014
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$22.76
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
$17.24
(Save 31%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 92%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (29) from $1.99   
  • New (6) from $21.58   
  • Used (23) from $1.99   

Overview

Today they stand as enemies, but in the 1950s, few countries were as closely intertwined as Cuba and the United States. Thousands of Americans (including Ernest Hemingway and Errol Flynn) lived on the island, and, in the United States, dancehalls swayed to the mambo beat. The strong-arm Batista regime depended on Washington's support, and it invited American gangsters like Meyer Lansky to build fancy casinos for U.S. tourists. Major league scouts searched for Cuban talent: The New York Giants even offered a contract to a young pitcher named Fidel Castro. In 1955, Castro did come to the United States, but not for baseball: He toured the country to raise money for a revolution. Thomas Paterson tells the fascinating story of Castro's insurrection, from that early fund-raising trip to Batista's fall and the flowering of the Cuban Revolution that has bedeviled the United States for more than three decades. With evocative prose and a swift-moving narrative, Paterson recreates the love-hate relationship between the two nations, then traces the intrigue of the insurgency, the unfolding revolution, and the sources of the Bay of Pigs invasion, CIA assassination plots, and the missile crisis. The drama ranges from Havana blackjack tables to Miami streets; from the crowded deck of the Granma, the frail boat that carried the Fidelistas to Cuba from Mexico, to the Eisenhower and Kennedy White Houses; from Batista's fortified palace to mountain hideouts where Raul Castro held Americans hostage. Drawing upon impressive international research, including recently declassified documents and interviews, Paterson reveals how Washington, fixed on the issue of Communism, failed to grasp the widespread disaffection from Batista. The Eisenhower administration alienated Cubans by supplying arms to a hated regime, by sustaining Cuba's economic dependency, and by publicly backing Batista. As Batista self-destructed, U.S. officials launched third-force conspiracies in a vain attempt to blo

"Engaging diplomatic history of US-Cuban relations focuses on the 1950s and early 1960s. Aims to explain reasons for the conflict between neighbors"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Succeeds admirably...in telling a story that is crucial to understanding the frigid standoff that has defined relations between the United States and Cuba for the last 30 years."--New York Times Book Review

"Well-written [and] soundly documented....Riveting."--George McGovern

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195101201
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.38 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
Thomas G. Paterson is Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. He is the winner of many awards, the author or editor of more than a dozen books, including On Every Front: The Making and Unmaking of the Cold War, Kennedy's Quest for Victory, and the popular textbook A People and a Nation.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Puzzling Matter 3
I Building the Cuban-American Relationship at Mid-Century
1 Dependencies: Batista, Castro, and the United States 15
2 Confusionist Cubanism: The Political Mess Before Granma 25
3 Sugar, North American Business, and Other Bittersweets 34
4 Curve Balls, Casinos, and Cuban-American Culture 46
5 Supplying Repression: Military, CIA and FBI Links 58
II Confronting the Insurrection
6 Thunderstorms: Castro's Granma Rebels and the Matthews Interview 69
7 Ambassador Gardner and the Propaganda War 81
8 Violence Victorious: Ambassador Smith Meets the Rebellion 90
9 Expanding Contact with the Rebels 99
10 Taking Sides: Arms, Arrests, and Elections 109
III Riding the Tiger to Defeat
11 Batista's Self-destruction and the Suspension of Arms 125
12 Terrible Mood: Castro and the General Strike 139
13 Operation Fin de Fidel and U.S. Weapons: Anti-Americanism Ascendant 150
14 Rocket Heads, Kidnappers, and the Castros 160
15 Frankenstein, Texaco, Nicaro, and a Toughened Attitude 173
16 Burning Up the Wires: The Quest for Communists and Arms 183
IV Dumping the Dictator, Blocking the Rebel
17 A Pox on Both Their Houses 195
18 Batista Dismissed: Pawley's Plot and Smith's Blow 206
19 U.S. Third-Force Conspiracies and Batista's Flight 216
20 Madhouse: Castro's Victory, Smith's Defeat 226
V Losing a Client
21 A Complete Break: How Did the United States Let This One Get Away? 241
22 Failing the Tests: The United States and Cuba in the Castro Era 255
Notes 264
Sources 319
Index 337
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)