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This book is very big It s also inadequate I would not recommend this to anyone who wants to gain a general overview of the history of Cuba It s also biased and spends a lot of time dwelling on the things it s biased against.The author does a good summary of Cuba s early history and goes into quite a bit of detail about the slave trade Packing the chapters out with extra info of events that happened outside of Cuba but that still affected important goings on on the island Like the British attitudes to the slave trade over the years Which helps the reader gain a in depth understanding of, not just the slave trade relative to Cuba but to the international slave trade Which the book is very good at The book also gives a good portrayal of Cuban US relations before the revolution particularly with regards to the potential for full Cuban annexation that existed several times pre revolution The book is most interesting, particularly from my point of view in regards to the history of the Communist Party in Cuba, particularly before the 26th July movement The author gives a detailed view of the party from the earliest relevant moment and this is interesting to learn how the party operated along orthodox Marxist Leninist lines than the 26th July movement and Castro and then how these two forces were melded together in the government of Cuba Trade union activities are given less of a focus Also what was really fascinating is that the book mentions a Cuban Communist Party delegate heading to Europe I forget which country to attend the general assembly of the World Federation of Democratic Youth I was a delegate to the same assembly much recently though in Havana.I felt some of the minor political details of the 1800 s and early 1900 s could have been left out in favour of a overarching historical narrative in the vein of the political debate gradually shifted towards x which eventually led to y taking place rather than tedious page after page of relatively insignificant facts that would be suited to books with a defined topic than just a general history of Cuba Although fair play to Thomas for putting the hours in.What really irritates me is the author s biased against Castro He must spend at least the latter quarter of the book focusing on this man he obviously doesn t like The author also uses some very loaded terms to describe Fidel Comparing Fidel s speeches to Hitler s is not clever Oh This guy is a very charismatic speaker, so was Hitler is a fucking dumb thing to say considering both people s politics are completely different and have led to vastly different things This is merely the author s cheap way of trying to dismiss someone who s politics he doesn t like with a flippant sentence rather than engaging in an intellectual critique.Thomas is also very down on some of the immensely positive things Cuba has done What literacy levels taken from like 30% to near 100% Nah, let s make that seem not important His account of the Cuban Missile Crisis is also brief and fleeting which, you would think, would be an important topic to dwell on considering Weirdly, nothing is mentioned of the Sino Soviet split which, considering it happened a decade before the book ends, might be considered worth a mention, especially considering it was a deciding factor in Cuba s direction at the time.Also the book proper ends in 1970 the author says that by the time the book reaches 1959 he is treading the line between history and journalism Although the author adds a tiny little epilogue in an attempt to update it This doesn t make up for the near half century since the book was first published Yes things are in flux, the process of history makes that inevitable But fifty years This book s perspective is out of date TL DR book is ok for some of the facts and figures and the earlier portion but basically get something newer I found Gott s Cuba A New History better and concise. {READ EPUB} Ý Cuba õ From Award Winning Historian Hugh Thomas, Cuba A History Is The Essential Work For Understanding One Of The Most Fascinating And Controversial Countries In The WorldHugh Thomas S Acclaimed Book Explores The Whole Sweep Of Cuban History From The British Capture Of Havana In Through The Years Of Spanish And United States Domination, Down To The Twentieth Century And The Extraordinary Revolution Of Fidel CastroThroughout This Period Of Over Two Hundred Years, Hugh Thomas Analyses The Political, Economic And Social Events That Have Shaped Cuban History With Extraordinary Insight And Panache, Covering Subjects Ranging From Sugar, Tobacco And Education To Slavery, War And OccupationEncyclopaedic In Range And Breathtaking In Execution, Cuba Is Surely One Of The Seminal Works Of World History An Astonishing Feat The Author Does To Explain The Phenomenon Of Fidel S Rise To Power Than Anybody Else Has Done So Far Spectator Brilliant The New York Times Immensely Readable Thomas S Notion Of History S Scope Is Generous, For He Has Not Limited Himself To Telling Old Political And Military Events He Describes Cuban Culture At All Stages Not Merely Accessible But Absorbing His Language Is Witty But Never Mocking, Crisp But Never Harsh New Yorker Thomas Seems To Have Talked To Everybody Not Dead Or In Jail, And Read Everything He Is Scrupulously Fair TimeHugh Thomas Is The Author Of, Among Other Books, The Spanish Civil War , Which Won The Somerset Maugham Award, Cuba The Pursuit Of Freedom , An Unfinished History Of The World , And The First Two Volumes Of His Spanish Empire Trilogy, Rivers Of Gold And The Golden Age