The Closest of Enemies: A Personal and Diplomatic History of the Castro Years

The Closest of Enemies: A Personal and Diplomatic History of the Castro Years

by Wayne S. Smith

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Smith argues that no U.S. administration since 1961 has dealt effectively or even sensibly with Cuba. As an officer at the U.S. embassy in Havana in the late '50s and early '60s who later became chief of the U.S. Interests Section there, his views are informed by experience. The book is a forceful account of Smith's growing dismay and finally his outright disgust over U.S. policy in Cuba. His harshest words are reserved for the Reagan administration, which he accuses of gross misrepresentation regarding not only Cuba's willingness to open discussions on various issues but also that country's military involvement in Nicaragua. Experiencing ``one disillusionment too many,'' Smith resigned from his post in 1982. And since then, he charges, the administration has continued to sidestep every overture made by the Cubans. (February 16)
Library Journal - Library Journal
thor, a career diplomat, was assigned to Cuba in 1957, and was head of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana when he resigned from the Foreign Service in 1982. What Smith offers, in an objective and insightful manner, is an excellent, well-written critique of the shortcomings of U.S. policy toward Cuba. His personal account spares no administration, and it points up our foreign policy community's tragic weaknesses and biases not only in relation to Cuba, but to Latin America and the Third World in general. Highly recommended for most libraries. Roderic A. Camp., Latin American Studies Dept., Central Coll., Pella, Ia.

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Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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