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  •  Pub Date  :  January 2022
  • Author : Ada Ferrer
  • Publisher : SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Binding Type : Hardcover
  • ISBN : 9781501154553
  • MRP : 899.00


In 1961, at the height of the Cold War, the United States severed diplomatic
relations with Cuba, where a momentous revolution had taken power three years
earlier. For more than half a century, the stand-off continued—through the tenure
of ten American presidents and the fifty-year rule of Fidel Castro. His death in
2016, and the retirement of his brother and successor Raúl Castro in 2021, have
spurred questions about the country’s future. Meanwhile, politics in
Washington—Barack Obama’s opening to the island, Donald Trump’s reversal of
that policy, and the election of Joe Biden—have made the relationship between the
two nations a subject of debate once more.

Now, award-winning historian Ada Ferrer delivers an “important” (The Guardian)
and moving chronicle that demands a new reckoning with both the island’s past
and its relationship with the United States. Spanning more than five centuries,
Cuba: An American History provides us with a front-row seat as we witness the
evolution of the modern nation, with its dramatic record of conquest and
colonization, of slavery and freedom, of independence and revolutions made and

Along the way, Ferrer explores the sometimes surprising, often troubled intimacy
between the two countries, documenting not only the influence of the United States
on Cuba but also the many ways the island has been a recurring presence in US
affairs. This is a story that will give Americans unexpected insights into the history
of their own nation and, in so doing, help them imagine a new relationship with
Cuba; “readers will close [this] fascinating book with a sense of hope” ( The

Filled with rousing stories and characters, and drawing on more than thirty years of
research in Cuba, Spain, and the United States—as well as the author’s own
extensive travel to the island over the same period—this is a stunning and
monumental account like no other.

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