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Many American pundits believed that Fidel Castro and his Revolution would be short - lived, and then the grouchy bearded guy proceeded to outlast ten U.S. Presidents. For a half century Cuba has been a key issue in U.S. foreign policy: sometimes an irritation, always an antagonist, and once bringing the world to within a blink of a nuclear World War III. How can a small island country with few resources stand toe to toe with the global superpower for 50 years? It can’t,
but it has.

To understand why the proverbial elephant and mouse have shaken their fists at each other to a standoff, it’s necessary to understand Cuba and her people. It is much more than tropical breezes, smooth rum, aromatic cigars and melodic salsa tunes. This is a legacy of colonial abuses, racial and religious conflict, raw Cold War politics, Mafia meddling, pride far deeper than mere machismo, U.S. presidential politics, and a family feud that spans the Florida Straits and involves millions of people.

One could no more comprehend Cuba by reading bombastic speeches by political leaders than one could visualize a mosaic from a box of stone chips. In Cuba Rising, author Jonathan Showe has experienced Cuba’s kaleidoscope of impressions at ground level.

Cuba Rising will enable you to understand Cuba’s history of betrayal that has driven her to self-reliance; her cultural traditions of synthesis that are fundamental from family through foreign policy, and how Cuba’s national experience spanning centuries is propelling the country into a lively new posture in the
21st century.

As U.S. foreign policy begins to embrace change, as Fidel Castro and his legacy pass from the spotlight, as China and Venezuela become players in Cuba, we can expect sweeping change in U.S. - Cuban relations and in Cuba’s role on the world stage. All of that and more will change the relationship from mainly noisy to vitally important. Preview it in these pages and understand it when you see it in the headlines.