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Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know
     

Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know

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by Julia E. Sweig
 

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Ever since Fidel Castro assumed power in Cuba in 1959, Americans have been obsessed with the socialist nation ninety miles south of Florida, an obsession fueled in part by successive waves of Cuban immigration and Castro's fiery, larger-than-life persona. In Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know, award-winning author Julia E. Sweig, one of America's leading experts

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Ever since Fidel Castro assumed power in Cuba in 1959, Americans have been obsessed with the socialist nation ninety miles south of Florida, an obsession fueled in part by successive waves of Cuban immigration and Castro's fiery, larger-than-life persona. In Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know, award-winning author Julia E. Sweig, one of America's leading experts on Cuba and Latin America, presents a concise, authoritative, and remarkably accessible portrait of the small island nation, using an innovative question-and-answer format to illuminate Cuba's unique place on the world stage over the past fifty years. Following a scene-setting introduction that describes the dynamics unleashed since summer 2006 when Fidel Castro transferred provisional power to his brother Raul, the book offers a concise overview of Cuba's history from its days as a Spanish colony through the first half of the twentieth century before shifting to more recent events: the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, the exploits of Che Guevara in the early years of the revolution, the saga of Elian Gonzalez in 2000, and Castro's failing health and the changes under the presidency of his brother Raul since 2008. Focusing equally on Cuba's role in world affairs and its own social and political transformations, Sweig divides the book chronologically into the pre-Fidel era, the period between the 1959 revolution and the fall of the Soviet Union, the post-Cold War era, and-finally-the looming post-Fidel era. Compact and expansive, lively and intriguing-like the country itself-Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know is the best ready reference on Cuba's internal politics, its often fraught relationship with the UnitedStates, and its shifting role within the global community.

Guevara in the early years of the revolution, the saga of Elian Gonaalez in 2000, and Castro's failing health and the changes under the presidency of his brother Raul since 2008. Focusing equally on Cuba's role in world affairs and its own social and political transformations, Swig divides the book chronologically into the pre-Fidel era, the period between the 1959 revolution and the fall of the Soviet Union, the post-Cold War era, and-finally-the looming post-Field era. compact and expansive, lively and intriguing-like the country itself-Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know is the best ready reference on Cuba's internal politics, its often fraught relationship with the United States and its shifting role within the global community.

Editorial Reviews

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"Excellent and... evenhanded.... [It] packs a phenomenal amount of complex history into clear and simple prose." —Los Angeles Times (review of the first edition)

"Sweig's useful ready reference is highly recommended." —Library Journal
(review of the first edition)

"Splendid...Sweig displays a talent for succinctness and clarity, as well as a subtle, deep knowledge of Cuban affairs." —Foreign Affairs

(review of the first edition)

"For several years, Julia Sweig, America's premier expert on Cuba, has been my guide for all matters related to this beautiful, cursed, and consequential island nation. This book - economical, information-packed, and exceedingly well-written - is Sweig's indispensable contribution to our knowledge of Cuba at a particularly tumultuous time in its history."
—Jeffrey Goldberg, National Correspondent, The Atlantic

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199896707
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/26/2013
Series:
What Everyone Needs to Know Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Julia E. Sweig is Senior Research Fellow at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. She is the award-winning author of several other books, including Inside the Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro and the Urban Underground, for which she won the American Historical Association Herbert Feis Award for best book of the year by an independent scholar. She has been traveling to and writing about Cuba since 1984. She lives with her family outside of Washington, DC.

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