Cuban Revelations: Behind the Scenes in Havana

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“Marc Frank is the best foreign journalist reporting from Cuba today. We now have a behind-the-scenes look at the changes large and small taking place as the Cuban revolution molts from Fidel to Raúl to the next generation.”—Julia Sweig, author of Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know

“A must-read book to grasp what has been happening in Cuba over the past ten years.”—Wayne Smith, director of the Cuba Project, Center for International Policy

“Frank enriches his fascinating reportage with his unparalleled access to ...

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Overview

“Marc Frank is the best foreign journalist reporting from Cuba today. We now have a behind-the-scenes look at the changes large and small taking place as the Cuban revolution molts from Fidel to Raúl to the next generation.”—Julia Sweig, author of Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know

“A must-read book to grasp what has been happening in Cuba over the past ten years.”—Wayne Smith, director of the Cuba Project, Center for International Policy

“Frank enriches his fascinating reportage with his unparalleled access to expressive Cubans from all walks of life.”—Richard Feinberg, University of California, San Diego

“With a sharp eye for human detail and a clear understanding of what makes Cuba tick, Frank’s narrative bears eloquent, balanced, and always sensitive witness to the troubled trajectory of Cuba from the ‘dark days’ of the 1990s economic collapse through to the challenging changes under Raúl. It genuinely gets ‘inside’ the otherwise confusing system and society, and is all the more welcome for that.”?Antoni Kapcia, coeditor of The Changing Dynamic of Cuban Civil Society

“Gripping and insightful. It is rare indeed to find reporting as authoritative and well sourced as this about what remains an impenetrable and opaque regime.”—Michael Reid, author of Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America’s Soul

As a U.S.-born journalist who has called Havana home for almost a quarter century, Mark Frank has observed in person the best days of the revolution, the fall of the Soviet bloc, the great depression of the 1990s, the stepping aside of Fidel Castro, and the reforms now being devised by his brother. In Cuban Revelations, Frank offers a first-hand account of daily life in Cuba at the turn of the twenty-first century, the start of a new and dramatic epoch for islanders and the Cuban diaspora.

Examining the effects of U.S. policy toward Cuba, Frank analyzes why Cuba has entered an extraordinary, irreversible period of change and considers what the island’s future holds. The enormous social engineering project taking place today under Raúl’s leadership is fraught with many dangers, and Cuban Revelations follows the new leader’s efforts to overcome bureaucratic resistance and the fears of a populace that stand in his way.

In addition, Frank offers a colorful chronicle of his travels across the island’s many and varied provinces, sharing candid interviews with people from all walks of life. He takes the reader outside the capital to reveal how ordinary Cubans live and what they are thinking and feeling as fifty-year-old social and economic taboos are broken. He shares his honest and unbiased observations on extraordinary positive developments in social matters, like healthcare and education, as well as on the inefficiencies in the Cuban economy.

Ultimately, Cuban Revelations is an objective account by a reporter who has lived with the Cubans for many years as their old world falls apart and they set about trying to build a new one.

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Library Journal
12/01/2013
Cuba after Castro—Fidel, that is—is already here. Journalist Frank (Thomson Reuters; Cuba Looks to the Year 2000) offers a revealing look at Cuba, where he has lived for almost 25 years, assessing the last decades under Fidel Castro and the recent years under Fidel's brother, Raul. As witness to what occurs in the daily lives of Cubans outside the political and propaganda arenas, the author is uniquely insightful as to what Raul Castro is bringing to the island nation's future. Frank is both entertaining and informative; the chapters on the hope and despair, first the light and then dark, among Cubans over the course of various American presidential administrations are worth the price of admission. Frank is at his best focusing on Cuba's gradual shift toward a market-oriented economy and the prospects for its future. VERDICT A must-read for Cuba watchers and readers wanting to understand the island. Essential for a sharper grasp of Cuban-American relations and the role American politics plays in the sovereignty of this independent state.—Boyd Childress, formerly with Auburn Univ. Libs., AL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813044651
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 10/22/2013
  • Series: Contemporary Cuba
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 260,875
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

 

Marc Frank is a freelance journalist based in Cuba, who works for Thomson Reuters and the Financial Times, consults for ABC News, has contributed to the Economist and Argentina’s Clarín, and is the author of Cuba Looks to the Year 2000.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    Hands down the most informative, accurate, insightful, detailed

    Hands down the most informative, accurate, insightful, detailed account available on 21st century Cuba. As an avid reader of all text about Cuba, this book sits firmly on the top tier, virtually alone and towering over most. You won't find ideology or an agenda in here... but rather a comprehensive composition covering the multilayered, and often quite complex, reform process that has been underway in Cuba since at least 2006.

    Don't worry, it's not based on gossip, speculation, or wishful or spiteful thinking. Frank is an old-school reporter. Remember those? His book is based on solid sources, first hand investigation, inside access and an understanding of Cuba that is very, very rare. From his unique position, he takes a "forest" view of U.S.-Cuba policy, while not ignoring the important "trees" that make up and explain the poisoned relationship. Refreshingly, his analysis is not from the typical U.S. perspective, nor full of Cuban rhetoric. It is more a sober, pragmatic analysis from the island side of the straits.

    I only caution that it may be a little too "insider" for readers with just a casual interest in Cuba, those wanting their political views to be supported or attacked, or those looking for shallow entertainment, with tales of salsa, rum and Santeria.

    Conversely, for anyone calling themselves a Cuba expert, consultant, or activist; all Cubans living in the U.S.; and anyone working in any way on U.S.-Cuba policy or engaging Cuba economically, this is required reading.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2014

    I could not agree more with the first reviewer. This is the book

    I could not agree more with the first reviewer. This is the book for a review of Cuba history for the last 25 years and especially the last ten as Cuba tries to find a new economic model. As a former counselor for Economic/Political Affairs at the US Interests Section in Havana, I have been writing and reading on Cuba for 17 years. I have known Marc all that time and have always found him to be a careful analyst  with no political ax to grind. 

    This is an excellent reference source for anyone seriously interested in Cuban affairs and a must for anyone who calls themselves a Cuban specialist.  

    One caveat, this is a book that should be purchased in a printed form.  You will want to refer back to it time and time again.  I bought the e-book copy and am now buying a printed version. 

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