“In compiling The Long Night of Dark Intent: A Half Century of Cuban Communism, Irving Louis Horowitz gave himself a difficult task. A prolific writer on topics Cuban, hemispheric, and indeed global, Horowitz has no dearth of material from which to choose. And it shows: the 594 pages of text include articles, lectures, reviews, and congressional testimony on topics as varied as the nature of the Castro regime, anti-Semitism in Cuba, the value of Cuban-American social scientists, Cuban militarism, and the ‘Cuba Lobby,’ among others. . . . Horowitz’s keen intellect and acerbic style are on full display.”
—Joshua H. Nadel, Contemporary Sociology
"The story of the Castro regime through the Salinization lens is not a pretty one. Horowitz's defense of his position necessarily involves detailed exposition of the violent, repressive side of the Cuban Revolution, including many events that have typically eluded the gaze of sympathetic foreign visitors, including many foreign scholars. The book is rife with descriptions of personalistic dictatorial rule in Cuba, as well as ongoing repression of dissent, destruction of civil society, militarization, Soviet sponsored export of the Revolution throughout the Third World, purges, show trials, and widespread human rights abuses...For those unafraid to confront Trosty-eque truths, The Long Night of Dark Intent offers a wealth of historical material that has not been previously compiled, combined with engagingly forthright sociological analysis."
– Katherine Hirschfeld, Human Rights Review
"Horowitz exemplifies Raymond Aron's realization that even though objectivity might be impossible for the human species, fairness is not. Indeed, the latter can be attained by maintaining rigorous distinctions and comparisons and by concretely defining terms. The Long Night of Dark Intent illustrates this point. Like Robert Frost's "night of dark intent" socio-political canvas will rank always as a trustworthy and necessary resource."
– Laura Ymayo, Tartakoff, Society
"The Long Night of Dark Intent is superb. There are few people who have a grasp of what happened in Cuba during the past fifty years like Horowitz. The division that he makes by decades is very pertinent."
– Ernesto F. Betancourt, First Director (ret) Radio Marti, United States Information Agency
The great virtue of The Long Night of Dark Intent is to explore the facets of totalitarian dictatorship, and the inevitable joining of Communism and the autocratic state. Castro's dual affinities with militarism on the one hand and populism on the other, has led over time to statist solutions that exceed the bounds of party organization. Horowitz offers an invaluable window into social science activity about Cuba during this same period.
– Howard Schneiderman, Professor of Sociology, Lafayette College The Long Night of Dark Intent: A Half Century of Cuban Communism constitutes a magnificent compilation of Horowitz's writings on Cuba.
– Carmelo Mesa-Lago, Professor of Economics. The University of Pittsburgh
The Long Night of Dark Intent is not only the authoritative guide to tragedies unleashed by Castroism in all its phases but a moving and instructive account of the author's own anti-totalitarian odyssey since the early 1960's. Each of those moments or levels of the book are of real interest and importance. Horowitz makes plain the feeble, tentative nature of the social order imposed on things by those who would be gods.
– Daniel J. Mahoney, Professor of Political Science, Assumption College
“The Long Night of Dark Intent is an enlightening book by a learned man who has probably done more to promote a scholarly understanding of post 1959 Cuba than anyone else in the United States.”
– Dario Fernandez-Morera, Chronicles