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From the Publisher"An engaging and well-researched investigation into metaphors used by US politicians, journalists, and writers to depict Cuba. . . . Essential reading for Cuban experts, and it should be of interest to US and Latin American cultural historians."
-Journal of American Studies
"[This] book needs to be read not only by scholars of U.S.-Cuban relations, but by anyone interested in the self-constructions of the United States."
-New West Indian Guide
"In Cuba and the American Imagination, Louis A. Pérez Jr. adds to his impressive oeuvre on US-Cuba relations in the twentieth century. . . . Compelling. . . . As the potential for change and dialogue between the United States and Cuba appears viable for the first time in decades, Perez's study remains prescient. . . . Perez's argument that metaphors matter and demonstrate hierarchies of power is convincing."
-EIAL: Estudios Interdisciplinarios de America Latina y el Caribe
"From its intervention in Cuba's war of independence from Spain to the naming of a 'transition coordinator' for the post-Castro period, the United States has long reacted to Cuba as a neuralgic issue. Louis Perez helps us understand the recurrent American attitudes of entitlement, domination, disappointment, and shock that have framed U.S. policies, and shows how U.S. experience with Cuba has shaped the broader world reputation of the United States. One can hope that tomorrow's policymakers will learn from this illuminating account."—Abraham F. Lowenthal, University of Southern California
"Perez reminds us that the current U.S. policies toward Cuba and the hype about how the U.S. should 'manage' Cuba after Fidel are informed by deeply entrenched metaphors from the previous two centuries. This history reveals the ongoing blindness to social and political realities that such metaphors encourage. Cuba in the American Imagination is a timely addition to Perez's magisterial oeuvre."—Amy Kaplan, University of Pennsylvania
"Perez is our best historian of U.S.-Cuban relations, and this book is in one sense a summation of his distinguished work over the past several decades. It is particularly significant because the U.S.-Cuban relationship is going to have to be fundamentally rethought and reshaped in the near future, and this work not only provides critical information, but also acts as a loud warning about how that debate must not be conducted."—Walter LaFeber, Emeritus, Cornell University