With the recent death of Fidel Castro, there may be a renewed interest in Cuban politics and the Cuban Revolution. Younger people might ask "Wait, why do we hate Cuba again?" I never studied anything about Cuba or the roots of the revolution in school and still don't really have a full picture of it, although I know part of "The Godfather II" is set right before the fall of Batista. "Inside the Cuban Revolution" is not the book to start with. Published by Harvard University Press and written by Julia Sweig, who worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, the book presumes a familiarity with the history and feels written for a mostly academic audience. Sweig, who was granted access to new documents by the Cuban government, focuses on 2 key years leading up to the revolution, 1957-1958, and details the many groups opposed to the Batista government, of which Castro and his campadres, was just one, and makes the case that the urban groups were an important part of the revolution, something which the Castro narrative leaves out. Again, not a book for the Cuba novice. I might start with Jon Lee Anderson's biography of Che.
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