"A masterful overview . . . Clearly written, economical, and focused on what is really important, this book is an excellent introduction."
—Journal of Southern History
"An extremely well written and intelligently crafted work."
"A very useful addition to the existing literature . . . Close historical ties have resulted in voluminous literature on U.S.-Cuban relations. However, this literature is unbalanced in that it focuses on several periods when these relations were most intense (1895-1902 and 1959-present). Perez's volume is notable by comparison for its broad historical coverage and illumination of long-term systematic patterns of interaction between the two countries."
—Perspectives on Political Science
Of all the peoples in Latin America, the author argues, none have been more familiar to the United States than Cubans--who in turn have come to know their northern neighbors equally well. Focusing on what President McKinley called "the ties of singular intimacy" linking the destinies of the two societies, Pérez examines the points at which they have made contact--politically, culturally, economically--and explores the dilemmas that proximity to the United States has posed to Cubans in their quest for national identity.
This edition has been updated to cover such developments of recent years as the renewed debate over American trade sanctions against Cuba, the Elián González controversy, and increased cultural exchanges between the two countries. Also included are a new preface and an updated bibliographical essay.
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