Cuban Exiles on the Trade Embargo



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About the Book

First implemented in 1962, the American embargo against Cuba is one of the most enduring anti-trade measures in human history, having outlived most of the original government and military leaders responsible for its creation. But has it benefited the United States as intended, by weakening Fidel Castro’s grip on his country? Or has it, instead, strengthened his position? This unique work draws upon interviews with Cuban exiles to provide broad-ranging insights on the embargo’s effects on the Cuban people, and an evaluation of its diminishing role as an effective political tool.

About the Author(s)

Edward J. González lives in Sitka, Alaska.

Bibliographic Details

Edward J. González
Foreword by Elisabeth Aiken
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 196
Bibliographic Info: map, index
Copyright Date: 2008
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3043-7
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8070-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Foreword by Elizabeth C. Aiken      1

Preface      3

Introduction      5

I. Cuba Up to Fidel Castro      13

II. Castro’s Cuba      19

III. Echenique      29

IV. MJ      39

V. Elpidio      44

VI. La Peña      60

VII. Dr. Beato      73

VIII. Teresita      83

IX. Travel and Funds      87

X. Padre Armando Llorente      90

XI. Cullowhee Methodist Church      103

XII. NPR      114

XIII. Ricardo and Laura Estella      116

XIV. Jovenes (The Younger Generation)      140

XV. Las Monjas (The Nuns)      143

XVI. Politics: The Impact of the Helms-Burton Act      146

XVII. Larry      157

XVIII. Loss of a Cuban Hero      171

XIX. Conclusion      176

Index      183

Book Reviews & Awards

“I urge those who truly are interested in the impact of this ‘embargo’ on Cubans and Americans here in the U.S. and on the island to read [this book]”—The Palm Beach Post.