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From America’s number one Cuba reporter, PEN award-winning investigative journalist Ann Louise Bardach, comes the big book on Cuba we’ve all been waiting for. An incisive and spirited portrait of the twentieth century’s wiliest political survivor and his fiefdom, Cuba Confidential is the gripping story of the shattered families and warring personalities that lie at the heart of the forty-three-year standoff between Miami and Havana.
Famous to many Americans for her cover stories and media appearances, Ann Louise Bardach has been covering Cuba for a decade. She’s talked to the crooks, spooks and politicians who have made history, and to their hired assassins and confidants. Based on exclusive interviews with Fidel Castro, his sister Juanita, his former brother-in-law Rafael Díaz-Balart, the family of Elián González, the friends and family of the legendary American fugitive Robert Vesco, the intrepid terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, and the inner circles of Jeb Bush and the late exile leader Jorge Mas Canosa, Cuba Confidential exposes the hardball take-no-prisoners tactics of the Cuban exile leadership, and its manipulation and exploitation by ten American presidents.
Bardach homes in on Fidel Castro and his cronies, taking us closer than we’ve ever been—and on the militant exiles who have devoted their lives, with CIA connivance, to trying to eliminate him. From Calle Ocho to Juan Miguel González’s kitchen table in Cárdenas, from Guantánamo Bay to Union City to Washington, D.C., Ann Louise Bardach serves up an unforgettable portrait of Cuba and its exiles.
“Ann Louise Bardach is fearless and gutsy, America’s answer to Oriana Fallaci. This is a wonderful book—absolutely masterful at presenting both sides of the Cuba debate.” —Gay Talese
“Ann Louise Bardach long ago established herself as America’s most lucid, courageous and well-informed observer of Cuban realities on both sides of the Florida Straits. Her new book is a tour de force, the definitive work on the ongoing Cuban civil war that, whether it is being played out in Havana, Miami or Washington, continues to ruin the future of Cubans and the politics of the United States.” —David Rieff, author of The Exile
“Cuba Confidential is the work of a reporter at the top of her game. Ann Louise Bardach takes a fascinating new look at the case of Elián González and then spins it into a compelling reexamination of the tortured relationship between the United States and Castro’s Cuba. With Bardach’s fresh take on the young boy and the old man, you’ll never look at either one the same way again.” —Jeffrey Toobin
“Since 1959, Fidel Castro has played the Antichrist for the United States, and vice versa. In Cuba Confidential, Ann Louise Bardach has brilliantly chronicled and examined why the policy has not worked for Castro or for the United States. She has also prepared us for what we must face when Castro is gone.” —Sander Vanocur, veteran NBC and ABC anchor
“If our political establishment knew a tenth as much about Cuba, or cared half as much about it, as does Ann Louise Bardach, both the United States and Cuba would be more open societies.” —Christopher Hitchens
“Ann Louise Bardach expertly explores the troubled waters of U.S.-Cuban relations since Fidel Castro came to power. Whatever your views on Cuba, Cuba Confidential offers a valuable treasure of inside information and rich insights on an international controversy that has deep implications for American politics.” —Lou Cannon, author of President Reagan
“Profound and provocative . . . Writing from the perspective of an outsider—but with the passion of someone trapped in the fascination of all things Cuban—Bardach offers the best of American investigative journalism along with a multilayered history of baroque complexity. Her dramatization of the political intrigues on both sides of the Cuban divide makes Cuba Confidential as absorbing as a thriller.” —Uva de Aragón, assistant director of the Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University