Cuba: Between Reform and Revolution
By Louis A. Perez, Jr.
Cuban politics and relations with the United States tend to be polarizing topics. Those who have studied Cuban history and society often have strong views about the country’s government, U.S. sanctions and how to solve its many social and economic problems. In “Cuba: Between Reform and Revolution,” Louis A. Perez examines these issues from a neutral perspective. He explains how certain events affected Cubans and balances this with an assessment of the motivations of outside actors and the pivotal events that drove the country’s history.
Much of the literature on the country tends to focus on the Castro brothers – understandably so, given that their administrations were filled with drama, intrigue and Cold War-era power struggles. Perez doesn’t fall into this trap. He devotes as much space to the Cold War period as he does to the wars for independence and the period of U.S. domination in the early 20th century