Cuba In Focus
A Guide to the People, Politics and Culture
No country is so closely identified with a single figure as Cuba
is with Fidel Castro. He began his revolutionary career over
half a century ago. Since "El Comandante" and Che
Guevara prevailed on New Year's Day 1959, he has dominated
the island. Cuba has been transformed from its days as a wretched
US satellite into a proudly independent nation, albeit one
where hardly anything works quite as it should. For example,
the railway network makes Britain's look a model of order and
efficiency: if you arrive in roughly the right town on approximately
the right date you can count yourself lucky.
With Emily Hatchwell, I wrote Cuba in Focus to delve deeper into
the republic and its complexities of creaking industry and ideology.
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