The Times Literary Supplement calls Louis A. Pérez
Jr. "the foremost historian of Cuba writing in English." In this
new edition of his acclaimed 1990 volume, he brings his expertise
to bear on the history and direction of relations between Cuba and
the United States.
Of all the peoples in Latin America, the author argues, none
have been more familiar to the United States than Cubans--who in
turn have come to know their northern neighbors equally well.
Focusing on what President McKinley called "the ties of singular
intimacy" linking the destinies of the two societies, Pérez
examines the points at which they have made contact--politically,
culturally, economically--and explores the dilemmas that proximity
to the United States has posed to Cubans in their quest for
This edition has been updated to cover such developments of
recent years as the renewed debate over American trade sanctions
against Cuba, the Elián
González controversy, and increased cultural
exchanges between the two countries. Also included are a new
preface and an updated bibliographical essay.
Subjects: History, Political Science
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