Paper $27.95 ISBN: 9781783608027 Published January 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783608034 Published January 2017 For sale in North and South America only

Cuba and Revolutionary Latin America

An Oral History

Dirk Kruijt

Cuba and Revolutionary Latin America

Dirk Kruijt

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300 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $27.95 ISBN: 9781783608027 Published January 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783608034 Published January 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Providing the definitive oral history of the Cuban revolution, Cuba and Revolutionary Latin America tells the powerful story of Cuba’s struggle for liberation from the Batista dictatorship, its transition to socialism, and its evolving relationship with the rest of Latin American and the Caribbean. Drawing on a vast array of original testimonies, including interviews with more than seventy Cuban officials and former combatants, Dirk Kruijt examines the pivotal role of veterans and the post-revolution fidelista generation in shaping Cuba. He also reveals the untold story of the Departamento América, a clandestine and largely undocumented organization that was instrumental in exercising Cuban influence abroad.

As the relationship between the United States and Cuba continues to thaw, the leftist history of the Cuban revolution is in danger of being lost. However, Cuba and Revolutionary Latin America will give voice to many veterans of the revolution and assert the great influence that its rallying cry had—and still has—on people across Latin America.
 
Review Quotes
Francisco Rojas Aravena, rector of the University for Peace
“An extraordinary book: Deep, erudite and appealing. This is the Cuban revolution as analyzed through the voices of its key actors.”
Timothy Wickham-Crowley, Georgetown University

“Kruijt has crafted the finest book I have ever read about the Cuban Revolution and the lives of its revolutionaries, with rich narratives rooted in meticulous research. This book is a rare gift to any student of Cuba."

Richard Gott, author of Guerrilla Movements in Latin America and Cuba: A New History
“A riveting account of the guerrilla years in Latin America from the vantage point of the senior Cuban officers involved. Their evidence contributes to an unrivalled and original story that all those who have followed the Cuban revolution over the years will appreciate.”
Antoni Kapcia, author of Leadership in the Cuban Revolution
“This book is a gem. Kruijt’s unique talent for getting into radicals’ minds and motivations gives us a wonderfully honest and eloquent testimony to Cuba’s historic relationship with the Latin American left, past and present.”
Choice
“An excellent history of the Cuban Revolution and Cuba’s ties with Leftist movements in Latin America. . . . Highly recommended.”
Policy and Practice
“Students and teachers of Latin American politics, development studies, and related disciplines will find this book a very welcome aid.”
E-International Relations
“Kruijt is clearly a marvelous interviewer . . . [and] has provided us here with a valuable source of material to supplement the available texts and, more importantly, to get some idea of the motivations of the participants.”
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