Book Review – Cuba: An American History

By Oliver Balch

Ada Ferrer dives into Cuba's deep connection with its northern neighbor.

This article is adapted from AQ’s special report on the battle over fake news On April 17, 1961, CIA-backed Cuban exiles mounted an ambitious amphibious landing on a remote section of the Cuban coast. The now-infamous Bay of Pigs invasion was a military botch. Had the invasion succeeded, Washington fully expected Cuba’s nascent revolution to fizzle out. Give it a week or two, and it would be back to rum-soaked mojitos at the veranda bar of Havana’s Hotel Nacional. As Ada Ferrer observes in this intriguing and nuanced account of Cuban history, such a view was “optimism...

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