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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA (30 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019538380X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195383805
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 2 x 13.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Excellent and... evenhanded.... [It] packs a phenomenal amount of complex history into clear and simple prose."--Los Angeles Times"Sweig's useful ready reference is highly recommended."--Library Journal"Splendid...Sweig displays a talent for succinctness and clarity, as well as a subtle, deep knowledge of Cuban affairs." --Foreign Affairs

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Julia E. Sweig is the Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of Inside the Cuban Revolution (winner of the A.H.A. Herbert Feis award for the best book of the year by an independent scholar) and Friendly Fire: Losing Friends and Making Enemies in the Anti-American Century. She lives with her family outside of Washington, D.C. .

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Rogers on 3 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
Cuba: what everyone needs to know is a comprehensive summary of key aspects of Cuba's history and politics which should be of interest not only to visitors to the island but also to the casual reader. Julia Sweig is an American academic but her viewpoint is utterly disinterested and she clearly has a profound understanding of her subject. The book is set out in a question and answer format which is very helpful if you are looking for a particular piece of information. The book starts with an introduction to key themes such as the struggle for independence and Cuba's journey to 1959 but goes on to focus mainly on the post-revolutionary period, looking at Cuba's domestic situation, its complex relationship with the US and also at the island's relations with the wider world. The transition from Fidel to Raul Castro is dealt with in depth and the book is up-to-date enough to include information on the dramatic shift in policy between the Bush and Obama administrations. If you have ever wondered how Elian Gonzalez scuppered Al Gore's chance of being US president or who the Cuban Five are (or even if you haven't) this is a book you really shouldn't miss.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Park on 2 Feb. 2012
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This is an excellent primer, providing enough information on the history and politics of Cuba to answer most people's questions, and with a useful bibliography at the back if you want to learn more. It is scrupulously written and completely free of propoganda or bias. My sole criticism is that it is dating slightly, and towards the end it was obvious that reading what the author "assumes" will happen in 2009, 2010 and 2011 is a flaw that could only be rectified by a new edition. I'm happy to see that a new edition is due to be published late in 2012, and I'm greatly looking forward to this.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Thomas Jackson on 19 Jan. 2010
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A book that is bang up to date, and takes account of Obama's presidency. The format of the book [a "Question and Answer" style] mightn't suit everyone, but certainly makes it easier for students to find their way around some of the key elements of Cuban history and politics. The author's written style is readily digestible, and as an "opener" to further reading and research on Cuba,its a book that I suggest is well worth a read.

Tom Jackson
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