- A 500-Year Quest for Independence
- Narrated by: Robert Fass
- Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 10-17-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
Regular price: $34.99
Buy Now with 1 Credit
Buy Now for $34.99
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Alexander Piquer on 05-04-18
Lost Opportunity (and time)
The authors begin this book stating their aim to provide a balanced history of Cuba and specifically to include both perspectives when it comes to the complex relationship with the United States. They failed miserably.
Having grown up among the exile community I have heard one side of the story. My hope was that this book would provide a more nuanced version of the mostly well known events of the last 60 years. Instead, the authors spend most of the books providing a fawning tribute to Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution. Any conflicts are portrayed as the fault of the U.S. and even nominal criticism of the Cuban regime is typically qualified. The authors do not seem to make any effort to frame events from the North American point of view in terms other than imperialism.
The lack of objectivity and ham-handed bias in the writing are very unfortunate in that they severely undermine the authors intent to show the positive aspects of the Cuban experience to a discerning reader. More unfortunate is the authors explicitly aim their book at students.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful