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Sad and Luminous Days

Sad and Luminous Days

Cuba's Struggle with the Superpowers after the Missile Crisis

  • Author: James G. Blight,Philip Brenner
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • ISBN: 1461642205
  • Category: History
  • Page: 352
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In tracing the developments of the Cuban Missile Crisis and beyond, this book presents and interprets a heretofore unavailable (and largely unknown) secret speech that Castro delivered to the Cuban leadership in 1968. Blight and Brenner shed new light on Cuban-Soviet relations making Sad and Luminous Days essential not only for Cold-War scholars and historians, but also for anyone intrigued by the drama of the thirteen momentous days in October 1962.

The Fog of War

The Fog of War

Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

  • Author: James G. Blight,Janet M. Lang
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 0742542211
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 307
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A companion book to the film Fog of War, which explores pivotal events of war such as World War II, The Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Vietnam War.

In from the Cold

In from the Cold

Latin America’s New Encounter with the Cold War

  • Author: Gilbert M. Joseph,Daniela Spenser
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 9780822341215
  • Category: History
  • Page: 439
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DIVReexamines the Cold War in Latin America by shifting the focus away from superpower decision-making and exploring the many ways in which Latin American leaders and ordinary people used, manipulated, shaped, and were victimized by the Cold War./div

Soviet-Cuban Relations, 1985 to 1991

Soviet-Cuban Relations, 1985 to 1991

Changing Perceptions in Moscow and Havana

  • Author: Mervyn J. Bain
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • ISBN: 9780739116326
  • Category: History
  • Page: 151
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Acting as a comprehensive resource for the study of Soviet foreign policy, this book analyzes the dynamic relationship between the Soviet Union and Cuba during the Gorbachev era.

Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

A 500-Year Quest for Independence

  • Author: Philip Brenner,Peter Eisner
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 0742566714
  • Category: History
  • Page: 438
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This timely book provides a balanced and deeply knowledgeable introduction to Cuba since 1492. Tracing the island’s history over 500 years, the authors provide a focused overview of Cuba’s long struggle for independence—from Spain, the United States, the Soviet Union, and today from the pressures of global forces.

A Contemporary Cuba Reader

A Contemporary Cuba Reader

Reinventing the Revolution

  • Author: Philip Brenner
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 0742555062
  • Category: History
  • Page: 413
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A second edition of this book is now available. Cuba has undergone dramatic changes since the collapse of European communism. The loss of economic aid and preferential trade with the Soviet Union and other Eastern bloc countries forced the Cuban government to search out new ways of organizing the domestic economy and new commercial relations in an international system dominated by market economies. The resulting economic reforms have reverberated through Cuban society and politics, recreating social inequalities unknown since the 1950s and confronting the political system with unprecedented new challenges. The resulting ferment is increasingly evident in Cuban cultural expression, and the responses to adversity and scarcity have reshaped Cuban social relations. This anthology brings together the best recent scholarship and writing on Cuban politics, economics, foreign relations, society, and culture in the post-Soviet era, which Cubans call the "Special Period." Ideally suited for students and general readers seeking to understand contemporary Cuba, the book includes a substantive introduction setting the historical context, as well as part introductions and a chronology.

The Nuclear Deception

The Nuclear Deception

Nikita Khrushchev and the Cuban Missile Crisis

  • Author: Servando Gonzalez
  • Publisher: InteliNet/InteliBooks
  • ISBN: 0971139156
  • Category: History
  • Page: 432
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The event known as the Cuban missile crisis, the greatest of all Cold War crises, is a milestone in the history of the Cold War. According to the author, the main questions of the situation have eluded satisfactory answers because analysts have neglected the true Cuban role in the event, particularly the Russo-Cuban relations prior to the crisis.

Cuban Medical Internationalism

Cuban Medical Internationalism

Origins, Evolution, and Goals

  • Author: J. Kirk,H. Michael Erisman
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 0230622224
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 228
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While public health is important for revolutionary Cuba, providing medical services to the developing world is also a priority: 38,000 medical staff are engaged abroad; the largest medical school in the world (ELAM) has an enrollment of over 8,000 students from the Third World; and since 2004 over 1.3 million in Latin America and the Caribbean have had their eyesight restored. How has this small nation of 11.3 million people managed to save more lives in the developing world than all of the G-8 countries together? And what are its motives? This book, the result of four years of research in Cuba, provides an updated analysis of this extraordinary record.

The Armageddon Letters

The Armageddon Letters

Kennedy, Khrushchev, Castro in the Cuban Missile Crisis

  • Author: James G. Blight,Janet M. Lang,Andrew Whyte,Koji Masutani
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 1442216794
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 304
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On the 50th anniversary of the most dangerous confrontation of the nuclear era, two of the leading experts on the Cuban missile crisis recreate the drama of those tumultuous days as experienced by the leaders of the three countries directly involved: U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, and Cuban President Fidel Castro.

Fidel & Che

Fidel & Che

a revolutionary friendship

  • Author: Simon Reid-Henry
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 467
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FIDEL AND CHE: A REVOLUTIONARY FRIENDSHIP is the story of the peasant's son, scholar, and rebel Fidel Castro, and his fateful meeting with the itinerant doctor Ernesto (Che) Guevara.Not yet thirty, and both in exile, they met in Mexico City in 1955. By 1967 Che Guevara was dead. But over the course of their twelve year friendship they became two of the twentieth century's most compelling figures. The book follows Fidel and Che on their dramatic journey from Mexico's political underground, to war in the Cuban mountains, and ultimately into the heart of the Cold War.Drawing on extensive research, including recently declassified material, Simon Reid-Henry interviews key personalities across three continents. He takes us to the heart of Fidel and Che's unique relationship as what began as a political association became the most profound friendship of their lives.FIDEL AND CHE is set against the tide of revolution. It is the story of two men who shared a common dream; who became friends, comrades and brothers-in-arms and who, finally, would make an epic choice between their friendship and their beliefs.

John F. Kennedy and the "Thousand Days"

John F. Kennedy and the

New Perspectives on the Foreign and Domestic Policies of the Kennedy Administration

  • Author: Manfred Berg,Andreas Etges
  • Publisher: Universitaetsverlag Winter
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 303
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Although it lasted only for a 'Thousand Days', the presidency of John F. Kennedy is considered a defining moment in recent American history. Despite countless attempts by historians, journalists and cultural critics, the Kennedy myth, carefully crafted during his lifetime and eagerly nurtured after his violent death, lives on. The enduring notion that America might have been spared many of the traumatic events of the 1960s and 1970s, if only John F. Kennedy had lived, poses a continuing challenge to historians to reassess his foreign and domestic policies. In this volume scholars from the United States, Germany and Great Britain, mostly representatives of a younger generation, take a fresh look at key topics such as Kennedy's policies toward Europe, the Third World, the civil rights struggle, and poverty. Contrary to his often grandiose rhetoric of vigorous leadership and "new frontiers" and despite his considerable skills at managing foreign and domestic crises, the essays emphasize that President John F. Kennedy acted largely within the consensus of Cold War liberalism.

Virtual JFK

Virtual JFK

Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived

  • Author: James G. Blight,Janet M. Lang,David A. Welch
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 9780742557000
  • Category: History
  • Page: 421
  • View: 1499
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The Virtual JFK DVD is now available! For more information on the film companion to the book, visit http: //www.virtualjfk.com/ It Matters Who Is President Then and Now At the heart of this provocative book lies the fundamental question: Does it matter who is president on issues of war and peace? The Vietnam War was one of the most catastrophic and bloody in living memory, and its lessons take on resonance in light of America's current devastating involvement in Iraq. Tackling head-on the most controversial and debated "what if" in U.S. foreign policy, this unique work explores what President John F. Kennedy would have done in Vietnam if he had not been assassinated in 1963. Drawing on a wealth of recently declassified documents, frank oral testimony of White House officials from both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, and the analysis of top historians, this book presents compelling evidence that JFK was ready to end U.S. involvement well before the conflict escalated. With vivid immediacy, readers will feel they are in the president's war room as the debates raged that forever changed the course of American history and continue to affect us profoundly today as the shadows of Vietnam stretch into Iraq."

A Luminous Future

A Luminous Future

Growing Up in Transylvania in the Shadow of Communism

  • Author: Teodor Flonta
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 1476300860
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 354
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In 1946 ominous clouds are gathering on the narrow horizon of Lupoaia (Valley of the Wolves), a little village in Transylvania, where traditions, steeped in prejudice and superstition, have endured over many generations. The Second World War is over but the lives of the villagers are thrown into turmoil with the imposition of drastic, senseless changes by a new regime, intent on creating a new man for a new society. The newly-installed totalitarian government threatens to eliminate the Flonta family by declaring Teodor's father, Pavel, a chiabur – an 'enemy of the people'. Pavel is arrested, imprisoned and tortured. When the wave of persecutions reaches its peak, he is forced to live in hiding. A trade, learned by Pavel in his youth, unexpectedly becomes his salvation – the Russians, who are extracting uranium in the Carpathians for their atomic bomb, hire him. There, at the mine, the tentacles of the Securitate – the secret police – cannot reach him. Stalin is still alive when Teodor starts school. Torn between two opposite worlds – home, where traditional values are preserved and love abounds – and school, where indoctrination and inequity prevail, he constantly questions and ponders the twisted logic behind events, sometimes with cheekiness and humour, as only a child is capable of doing under the circumstances. Events, however, affect Teodor deeply from an early age, as in the communist system the sins of the father – imaginary as they might be – are made to fall on his young son's shoulders. *** 'A Luminous Future offers a unique insight into one of the most disturbing periods of modern European history. By turns amusing, terrifying and confronting, the story of Teodor Flonta, his father, his family and his community, is both a valuable social document and an intriguing read.' Chris McLeod, Man of Water, Fremantle Arts Centre Press 'The author does a wonderful job combining the historical and the personal. The images and themes surrounding the wolves – both animal and human – are brilliant. One of the greatest things about this memoir is how the author balances the darkness and cruelty with pitch perfect humor. It is such a triumphant story in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds and I think readers will love this family and the spirit they show. It's funny and warm and heartbreaking – as life so often is.' Jayne Pupek, The Tomato Girl, Algonquin 'This is a charming and sometimes shocking portrait of growing up in a remote village in Romania during the Communist era. It is an intriguing portrayal of the customs and traditions that lingered on from the pre-Communist days, humorous and brutal as they were, and their destruction at the hands of what seems a madness that gripped the country during the 1940s and 50s. It is also a testament to the resilience of the author's father who endured unimaginable pressures, humiliations and imprisonments for committing no crime other than employing a couple of men. Personally I find the story quite gripping, and clearly and vividly told, with a mass of illuminating detail. The characters come to life well, the author makes a good guide to this – to us – strange world, and conveys the politics in a lively but understated way.' Helena Drysdale, Looking for George, Picador

What Is It All but Luminous

What Is It All but Luminous

Notes from an Underground Man

  • Author: Art Garfunkel
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • ISBN: 0385352468
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 256
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From the golden-haired, curly-headed half of Simon & Garfunkel--a memoir (of sorts): artful, moving, lyrical; the making of a musician; the evolution of a man, a portrait of a life-long friendship and collaboration that became one of the most successful singing duos of their time. Art Garfunkel writes about his life before, during, and after Simon & Garfunkel . . . about their folk-rock music in the roiling age that embraced and was defined by their pathbreaking sound. He writes about growing up in the 1940s and '50s (son of a traveling salesman), a middle class Jewish boy, living in a red brick semi-attached house in Kew Gardens, Queens, a kid who was different--from the age of five feeling his vocal cords "vibrating with the love of sound" . . . meeting Paul Simon in school, the funny guy who made Art laugh; their going on to junior high school together, of being twelve at the birth of rock'n'roll, both of them "captured" by it; going to a recording studio in Manhattan to make a demo of their song, "Hey Schoolgirl" (for $7!) and the actual record (with Paul's father on bass) going to #40 on the national charts, selling 150,000 copies . . . He writes about their becoming Simon & Garfunkel, taking the world by storm, ruling the pop charts from the time he was sixteen, about not being a natural performer, but more a thinker . . . touring; sex-for-thrills on the road, reading or walking to calm down (walking across two continents--the USA and Europe). He writes of being an actor working with directors Nicolas Roeg (Bad Timing) and Mike Nichols ("the greatest of them all") . . . getting his masters in mathematics at Columbia; choosing music over a PhD; his slow unfolding split with Paul and its aftermath; learning to perform on his own, giving a thousand concerts worldwide, his voice going south (a stiffening of one vocal cord) and working to get it back . . . about being a husband, a father and much more.

Contemporary Authors

Contemporary Authors

  • Author: Gale Group
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage
  • ISBN: 9780787666972
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 448
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Your students and users will find biographical information on approximately 300 modern writers in this volume of Contemporary Authors® .

Cuba on the Brink

Cuba on the Brink

Castro, the Missile Crisis, and the Soviet Collapse

  • Author: James G. Blight,Bruce J. Allyn,David A. Welch
  • Publisher: Pantheon
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Cuba
  • Page: 509
  • View: 8705
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An account of the relationship between Cuba and the Soviet Union describes Castro's view of the American threat and dramatic exchanges between Castro and such conference participants as Anatoly I. Gribkov and Robert McNamara. 10,000 first printing.

Girl in Hyacinth Blue

Girl in Hyacinth Blue

  • Author: Susan Vreeland
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0755395239
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 124
  • View: 617
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Susan Vreeland's GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE was shortlisted for the ABA Best Novel of the Year award, and is a hugely absorbing fictional portrait of Vermeer's daughter sure to appeal to any reader of THE GIRL WITH THE PEARL EARRING by Tracy Chevalier. 'Subtle and atmospheric...an impressive debut' Publishers Weekly Here is the story of an imaginary painting by Vermeer, and the aspirations and longings of those whose lives it illuminates, and darkens. From a proud father regretting his lost love to a compromised French noblewoman, from a hanged girl to Vermeer's own gifted daughter, Susan Vreeland's beautiful and luminous tales link to form an evocative jewel.

Telex from Cuba

Telex from Cuba

A Novel

  • Author: Rachel Kushner
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 141656103X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 322
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Coming of age in mid-1950s Cuba where the local sugar and nickel production are controlled by American interests, Everly Lederer and KC Stites observe the indulgences and betrayals of the adult world and are swept up by the political underground and the revolt led by Fidel and Raul Castro. 75,000 first printing.

Bicycle Days

Bicycle Days

  • Author: John Burnham Schwartz
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0307787524
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 256
  • View: 7332
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When Alec Stern arrives in Japan, he discovers a land of opportunity. For only in Tokyo could an impressionable young man fresh out of college find, in one stroke, a new job, a new family, and a society that lavishes attention on Japanese-speaking gaijin. Yet, even as Alec claims a place in this new world, he is haunted by memories of the one he left behind—a world once infinitely secure but which disintegrated with the breakup of his parents' marriage. In this incandescently observed novel, John Burnham Schwartz introduces readers to one of the most appealing protagonists in contemporary fiction while enchanting them with the keenness of his eye and the aptness of his voice. Through its exquisitely rendered scenes—a fishing trip of Zen-like serenity; a night at a sex club where giggling businessmen dive into the action—and vividly imagined characters—the laughing mother who taught Alec to ride a bicycle; the beautiful sad Japanese woman who teaches him how to love—Bicycle Days surprises, moves, and enlightens us as very few books do. From the Trade Paperback edition.