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Back Channel to Cuba: the Hidden History of Negotiations by Peter Kornbluh, William M. LeoGrande

By Peter Kornbluh, William M. LeoGrande

Not easy the normal knowledge of perpetual hostility among the USA and Cuba--beyond invasions, covert operations, assassination plots utilizing poison pens and exploding seashells, and a grinding financial embargo--this attention-grabbing booklet chronicles a stunning, untold background of bilateral efforts towards rapprochement and reconciliation. seeing that 1959, clash and aggression have ruled the tale of U.S.-Cuban family members. Now, LeoGrande and Kornbluh current a brand new and a growing number of suitable account. From Kennedy's delivering of an olive department to Castro after the missile problem, to Kissinger's best mystery quest for normalization, to Obama's promise of a "new approach," LeoGrande and Kornbluh show a fifty-year list of debate and negotiations, either open and furtive, indicating a course towards greater kinfolk sooner or later.

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Fifteen hundred were on hand when he arrived at Washington’s National Airport; two thousand greeted him at New York’s Penn Station; ten thousand turned out to hear him speak at Harvard; and thirty-five thousand attended his outdoor address in Central Park. Fidel was delighted. 37 At the Bronx Zoo, in a display of youthful exuberance, Castro jumped over the guardrail and stuck his hand into the tiger cage, playfully taunting the big cats. 38 In Washington, Castro met for an hour and a half with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Castro, though deeply suspicious of Washington, had not yet decided that his revolution required a complete break with the United States. “At that time, we believed the revolutionary 14 eisenhower project could be carried out with a great deal of comprehension on the part of the people of the United States,” Castro later told Lee Lockwood. ”35 “Fidel went to the United States full of hope,” recalled his press secretary, Teresa Casuso. ”36 Intent on using the eleven-day trip to the best advantage, the Cubans hired a public relations firm, Bernard Relin and Associates, Inc.

S. aid, thereby reinforcing the economic ties binding Cuba to the United States. But in the end, Castro’s fear of looking like a supplicant outweighed his need for assistance, and Washington’s disdain for the revolution’s unorthodox politics outweighed Bonsal’s strategy of engagement. ”69 The Cubans left empty-handed, but they got an earful about communism. Castro went away convinced that Washington was obsessed with it. Senators interrogated him about it. Nixon lectured him on it. The CIA tried to recruit him to fight it.

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