Susan Eckstein describes how and explains why Cuban Communism has been misperceived and misunderstood abroad. Concealed behind Marxist-Leninist rhetoric and Castro's autocratic single-party rule has been a government promoting a cradle-to-grave welfare state, tolerating market reforms, foreign investment, Western trade, and hard currency "internationalism." Not only has Castro's Cuba been less ideologically driven by Marxist-Leninist orthodoxy than has heretofore been believed, it also has been less omnipotent.
"This important book . . . is an ambitious attempt to provide a broad overview of Cuba under the Castro regime. . . . It makes for very sober reading that specialists and policymakers should take note of."--Foreign Affairs
"On the whole, the image of the hero [Castro] and his rescued island had been replaced by that of a tyrant and a subjugated kingdom; neither image, though--as Eckstein shows--truly reflects the complex facts. In any history of present-day Cuba, Castro must emerge as the protagonist, and Back from the Future provides a wealth of information that allows the reader to make some sense of the man."--Alberto Manguel, The Times Literary Supplement
"A rich analysis of the Cuban revolution. Susan Eckstein's book is more balanced, integrated, and penetrating than many previous texts and has the potential of being the single best overall interpretation of the Cuban revolution. Eckstein delivers a comprehensive and insightful interpretation of Castro's Cuba."--Andrew Zimbalist, Smith College
Hardcover published in 1994
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