A History of the Cuban Revolution
November 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
Balances a comprehensive overview of the political and economic events of the revolution with a look at the revolution’s social impact
Provides a lively, on-the-ground look at the lives of ordinary people
Features both U.S. and Cuban perspectives to provide a complete and well-rounded look at the revolution and its repercussions
Encourages students to understand history through the viewpoint of individuals living it
Selected as a 2011 Outstanding Academic Title by CHOICE
Talking about freedom.
Scholars weigh in.
Comparing capitalism and socialism.
Latin American attitudes.
Chapter 1: Cuba through 1959.
The colony in the republic.
Revolution: a war, or a process?
Chapter 2: Experiments with Socialism.
Analyzing the situation: economic backwardness.
The 1960s: Experimentation and the Great Debate.
The 1970s: Institutionalization and the Soviet Model.
Democracy: U.S.- and Cuban-style.
Cuba in the 1970s: how it worked.
How democratic was Cuban socialism?
Chapter 3: The Cuban Revolution and the World: Relations with the United States.
The U.S. and Cuba.
In their own words: US policymakers respond to revolution.
Covert War: Up to the Bay of Pigs.
Covert war: After the Bay of Pigs.
The Missile Crisis.
After the Missile Crisis.
The war continues.
Chapter 4: The Cuban Revolution and the World: Emigration and Internationalism.
Cuba’s global reach: beyond the Cold War.
Cuba and black internationalism.
Cuba in Africa and Latin America.
Civilian aid missions.
Chapter 5: Art, Culture and Revolution.
Chapter 6: Cuba Diversa.
Chapter 7: The "Special Period": Socialism on One Island.
1993-1995: Rapidfire reforms.
Charting new territory.
Contradictions: inequality and jineterismo.
Opting to leave: the 1994 exodus.
Debate and its limits during the 1990s.
Chapter 8: Cuba into the 21st Century.
From perfeccionamiento to recentralization.
Civil society into the new century.
Cuba, Venezuela and the ALBA.
Cuba after Fidel.
"This fact alone makes Chomsky's volume a welcome addition to the historiography of Cuba, and more broadly, Latin America . . . Chomsky's book is concise (less than 200 pages of text) and highly readable, two characteristics favorable for course adoption." (The Americas, 1 July 2011)
"In the case of the Cuban revolution, this book fulfils that intent and appears as a useful addition to the available teaching material. Its division in chapters that can stand alone, based around the themes of economy and politics, relations with the United States, migration, culture, diversity, the special period and Cuba in the 21st century, would allow teachers to use particular sections as class material in a wide range of courses. Tighter editing for the next edition could make it more useful still." (Reviews in History, 9 June 2011
"An overview of the political and economic events is combined with a look at this social impact through an examination of the lives of ordinary people." (Times Higher Education Supplement, 24 February 2011)
“This book is a useful textbook for undergraduate students and a welcome addition to the historiography on the Cuban Revolution. I would even strongly recommend it to any tourist visiting the island since it is concise, very well written, and easy to digest.” (Hispanic American Historical Review, 1 August 2012)
“The book teachers and students of the Cuban Revolution have been waiting forChomsky’s scholarly yet accessible history of one of the most fascinating and complex events of modern times.” Matilde Zimmermann, Sarah Lawrence College
“This is an outstanding textbook on the Cuban Revolution. Smart and clear, A History of the Cuban Revolution is truly interdisciplinary, covering U.S. intervention, the economy, health care, foreign policy as well as gender, literature, popular music and religion. . . . and the treatment of U.S. foreign policy is a tour de force. This text is the perfect backbone for undergraduate courses on Cuba and the Cuban revolution, as well as Latin American surveys.” Lauren Derby, University of California, Los Angeles
“This book presents an uncommon and refreshing review of Cuba’s history during the last fifty years. It will be very effective in introducing the revolution to undergraduate students and stimulating discussion. Written in clear prose, it combines personal experience with a careful and balanced review of the scholarship on Cuba.” Aldo Lauria-Santiago, Rutgers University