Bonsal combines his memoirs of his experiences in Havana with an analysis of the relationship between Cuba and the United States both during the Batista and Castro regimes and during the earlier history of the Cuban Republic.
His discussion of Castro's personality is incisive, portraying the Maximum Leader's increasing animosity toward the United States until the final break-off of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Bonsal's observations of Castro and the sociopolitical climate in Cuba are perhaps the most incisive and accurate of any to date on the subject.
All the events from the Revolution to the termination of diplomatic relations are discussed. Of particular interest are Bonsal's accounts of his attempt to find a basis for a rational relationship between the United States and Castro's Revolution, the rejection of that attempt by Castro, and the abandonment by Washington of the policy of nonintervention in Cuban affairs which the Ambassador had advocated.
Finally, in an evaluation of future relations between the two countries, Bonsal analyzes some of the major problems of the coming years.
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“This is the personal testimony of our last—and certainly our best—ambassador to Cuba.”
“This book is a good deal more than just a personal narrative of the ambassador’s hard time. It is, in fact, a thoughtful and in view of all the circumstances, a laudably impartial general account of the United States-Cuban relations in the 1960s.”
“Replete with encounters with Fidel Castro, some revealing, some quite painful, Bonsal’s recital of events in Cuba is persuasive because of its authenticity. Beyond illustrations of the personal charisma of the ‘maximum leader,’ and of the unhappy results of tit-for-tat policies adopted both in Havana and in Washington, are political and philosophical judgments. They are worthy of serious attention.”
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Descripción Univ of Pittsburgh Pr, 2009. Paperback. Estado de conservación: Brand New. 1st edition. 336 pages. 8.70x5.80x0.80 inches. In Stock. Nº de ref. de la librería 0822984334
Descripción University of Pittsburgh Press, 1971. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110822984334