Laurence Whitehead, 8 June 1995
Show More The Secret Cuban Missile Crisis Documents Brassey (US), 376 pp., £15.95, March 1994, 9780028810836Show More The Cuban Revolution: Origin, Course and Legacy by Marifeli Pérez-Stable.
Oxford, 252 pp., £16.95, April 1994, 0 19 508406 3Show More
Cuba on the Brink: Castro, the Missile Crisis and the Soviet Collapse by James Blight, Bruce Allyn and David Welch.
Pantheon, 509 pp., $27.50, November 1993, 0 679 42149 1Show More
Castro’s Final Hour: The Secret Story Behind the Coming Downfall of Communist Cuba by Andrés Oppenheimer.
Simon and Schuster, 474 pp., $25, July 1992, 0 671 72873 3Show More
Revolution in the Balance: Law and Society in Contemporary Cuba by Debra Evenson.
Westview, 235 pp., £48.50, June 1994, 0 8133 8466 4Show More
The Problem of Democracy in Cuba: Between Vision and Reality by Carollee Bengelsdorf.
Oxford, 238 pp., £32.50, July 1994, 0 19 505826 7Show More
Back from the Future: Cuba under Castro by Susan Eva Eckstein.
Princeton, 286 pp., £25, October 1994, 0 691 03445 1Show More
Fidel Castro by Robert Quirk.
Norton, 898 pp., £25, March 1994, 0 393 03485 2Show More
Healing the Masses: Cuban Health Politics at Home and Abroad by Julie Feinsilver.
California, 307 pp., £35, November 1993, 0 520 08218 4Show More
Contesting Castro: The United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution by Thomas Paterson.
Oxford, 364 pp., £22.50, July 1994, 0 19 508630 9Show More
“... Even after 35 years, the simplest questions about Cuban politics remain almost beyond the reach of objective analysis. Is the Castro regime a tyranny which can only perpetuate itself by resort to repression, as the Cuban-American community in Miami and elsewhere insists? Or does it persist, despite the disintegration of the Soviet bloc and the deepening economic crisis, essentially because it incarnates a national identity struggling for survival against the engulfing pressure of US political, economic and cultural expansionism? Is the regime doomed to collapse, with only the ruthlessness of the Jefe Máximo to delay the inevitable? Or has it so transformed Cuban society that the next generation are bound to construct their future largely on the foundations laid down by the Revolution? In 1962, we now learn from The Secret Cuban Missile Crisis Documents, the CIA answered such questions in the following terms: The Castro regime retains the positive support of about 20 per cent of the population, but dissent is increasing ...”