That Infernal Little Cuban Republic: The United States and the Cuban Revolution / Edition 1

That Infernal Little Cuban Republic: The United States and the Cuban Revolution / Edition 1

by Lars Schoultz
     
 

ISBN-10: 080783260X

ISBN-13: 9780807832608

Pub. Date: 04/01/2009

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

"Cuba has regularly given Washington a headache, Lars Schoultz observes in his comprehensive chronicle of U.S. policy toward the Cuban Revolution. Seeking relief, even the most patient U.S. officials have often been tempted to repeat what an exasperated President Theodore Roosevelt told a friend in 1906: "I am so angry with that infernal little Cuban republic that…  See more details below

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"Cuba has regularly given Washington a headache, Lars Schoultz observes in his comprehensive chronicle of U.S. policy toward the Cuban Revolution. Seeking relief, even the most patient U.S. officials have often been tempted to repeat what an exasperated President Theodore Roosevelt told a friend in 1906: "I am so angry with that infernal little Cuban republic that I would like to wipe its people off the face of the earth." Certainly that has been true since 1959, when a group of rebels led by Fidel Castro ousted Fulgencio Batista, a dictator known for his friendly ties to the United States, and proceeded to cause more trouble than anyone could have imagined. Using a rich array of documents and firsthand interviews with U.S. and Cuban officials, Schoultz tells the story of the attempts and failures of ten U.S. administrations to end the Cuban Revolution. He covers everything from the legendary 1960s plot to assassinate Castro using a rigged ballpoint pen to the message that recently ran across the electronic billboard of the U.S. interests section in Havana: "Communism doesnt work because people like to own stuff" - a comment attributed to the late rocker Frank Zappa. Schoultz argues that despite the overwhelming advantage in size and power that the United States enjoys over its neighbor, the Cubans' historical insistence on their right to self-determination has inevitably irritated American administrations, influenced both U.S. domestic politics and foreign policy, and led to a freeze in diplomatic relations of unprecedented longevity. Schoultz's analysis illuminates what has been a highly unproductive foreign policy and points to fresh prospects as a new century ofU.S.-Cuban relations begins.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807832608
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Series:
Latin America in Translation/en Traduccion/em Traducao - The Brasiliana Collection
Edition description:
1
Pages:
760
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Neighbors 1

1 Heritage 13

2 Prelude: The Truman Years 34

3 Arousal :The Eisenhower Years, 1953-1958 52

4 Watching and Waiting: The Eisenhower Administration, 1959 82

5 1960: The Year of Pushing and Shoving 109

6 The Bay of Pigs 142

7 State-Sponsored Terrorism 170

8 He's Going to Be There until He Dies: The Johnson Administration 213

9 Mutual Hostility as a Fact of Life: The Nixon-Ford Years 241

10 Reconciliation and Estrangement: The Carter Years 291

11 Back to Square One: The Reagan Years 362

12 Unwavering Hostility: The George H. W. Bush Administration 419

13 Blessings of Liberty: The Clinton Administration 453

14 More Blessings of Liberty: The George W. Bush Administration 515

Conclusion: Benevolent Domination 553

Notes 569

Index 729

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