Simple and complex, global and parochial, young and oldthis is the Cuban American community all at once. In his book, author Guarione M. Diaz depicts the Cuban American experience by chronicling important events, examining pertinent facts (like the impact of Fidel Castro's revolution and rule), and portraying a vibrant community with a distinctive identity. Diaz, president of the Cuban American National Council, reveals many contradictions about his subject. Cuban Americans have retained their native culture while managing to assimilate successfully into American social and political life. Diaz also looks forward to life after Castro and presents likely aftermath scenarios, not to mention an expression of hope for the establishment of a progressive government and society in Cuba. The Cuban American Experience, an increasingly timely and relevant work, will satisfy readers longing for comprehensive, clear understanding of a complicated story.