Cuba for the Misinformed: Facts from the Forbidden Island
A lively survey of Cuba's past and present, and a "must-have" companion to any Cuba travel guide
"Cuba has the same effect on American administrations
that the full moon has on werewolves."
-- Wayne Smith, former head of US Interests Section in Havana "Cuba for the Misinformed is extraordinarily educational and enlightening." - Midwest Book Review
For more than 50 years, the US government and mass media have misrepresented, hidden or ignored the truth about Cuba. In Cuba for the Misinformed
, Mick Winter brings together a fascinating array of facts and anecdotes about Cuba's history, its government, its people, and the actions that the United States has taken against the well-being of those people.
Citizens of other countries do
know many of these facts. That is why every year at the United Nations almost every country on the planet (the 2012 vote was 188-3) demands that the United States end its embargo of Cuba.
As you read this book, you will recognize that for more than fifty years something very interesting has been happening just ninety miles offshore from the United States. You may not agree with everything-- or even anything-- that has happened since the Cuban revolution, but you will likely admit that this small island country of eleven million people has had a global effect that reaches far beyond its size.
This book presents information that is little-known (particularly to most Americans) about Cuba and its relationship with the United States. It offers this information clearly, succinctly and in a style that's enjoyable to read, and backs it up with helpful footnotes and links to resources. Whether you're a student, educator or journalist; planning a trip to Cuba (this book is an essential companion to your Cuba tour book); anticipating future business dealings; or simply want to know more, you'll find Cuba for the Misinformed
a treasure of interesting--and often fascinating--information, facts and anecdotes about Cuba and its people.
"Hard as it may be to accept, our policy toward Cuba has failed
and it is now time to change our focus from trying
to destroy Cuba's government to helping its people.
--Former president Richard Nixon (1994)
Discover the answers to questions like these...
- Why did Che Guevara thank US President John Kennedy for the Bay of Pigs invasion?
- What was the real deal on ending the Cuban Missile Crisis and why was Fidel Castro furious?
- What did Cubans do to the man who killed Che Guevara?
- Which country supports the US embargo of Cuba but lets its own citizens holiday and invest there?
- Who thanked Cuba for helping bring about the end of apartheid in South Africa?
- How did Cuba dramatically increase its literacy rate in just one year?
- Why did Fidel Castro fire his own son?
- What is Varadero and why don't Americans know about it?
Cuba for the Misinformed includes...
- 123 photographs
- 238 footnotes
- recommended viewing and reading sources,
- an extensive resource list with more than 80 Cuba-related websites.
Despite its many remarkable achievements, Cuba is still a developing nation in terms of consumer resources and personal income, particularly compared to the United States. However, it isn't the United States to which Cuba should be compared-- although those comparisons frequently weigh in Cuba's favor. Cuba shines in relationship to countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean-- not to mention Africa and much of Asia. Its focus on human dignity and value, healthcare, education, sustainability, and international humanitarian cooperation serves as an example for all countries.
Americans and all citizens of the world can learn much from what the Cuban people have accomplished. But we can learn only if we are aware of the facts.
This book has them.