Listen, Yankee!: Why Cuba Matters

21 Nov

Listen, Yankee!: Why Cuba Matters

Listen, Yankee!: Why Cuba Matters

Tom Hayden

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 1609805968

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Based on unprecedented access to both Cuban and American officials, a book that offers fresh insight into one of history's most enigmatic relationships between nation-states—from one of America's best-known voices of political and social activism.

Listen, Yankee! offers an account of Cuban politics from Tom Hayden's unique position as an observer of Cuba and as a US revolutionary student leader whose efforts to mobilize political change in the US mirrored the radical transformation simultaneously going on in Cuba.

Chapters are devoted to the writings of Che Guevara, Régis Debray, and C. Wright Mills; the Cuban missile crisis; the Weather Underground; the assassination of JFK; the strong historical links between Cuba and Africa; the Carter era; the Clinton era; the Cuban Five; Elián González; and the December 17, 2014 declaration of normalization by presidents Obama and Castro.

Hayden puts the present moment into historical context, and shows how we're finally finding common ground to the advantage of Cubans and Americans alike. 











which refers to letting biology “solve” the “Fidel problem” through his inevitable death. 6. Miguel Díaz-Canel, Cuba’s first vice president since 2013, was born in 1960. 7. The so-called catastrophe scenario would mean the chaotic fall of the Cuban government, similar to the fall of Communist regimes in Eastern Europe. 8. The biggest exception to a general lack of mass protests is the so-called maleconazo twenty years ago, in 1994, when hundreds of Cubans took to the streets protesting the

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struggle with Parkinson’s. His family now consists of his daughter, Margarita, and her ten-year-old son, Ricardito, or Ricky. He lives alone in an apartment walled with books in many languages. He is retired from his many positions, though he keeps a small office at the presidential palace under the auspices of Raúl. His official entourage is gone. His closest aide, a person privy to all his meetings, is in a Cuban prison after being arrested for espionage just before these interviews began in

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