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Cuba 1952-1959, revisited

A guest post by Asombra:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2459/4030635899_6b3fc39092_o.jpgI’ve previously mentioned and used this exceptionally good book by Manuel Márquez-Sterling as a source, and I highly recommend it as a much-needed antidote to the official Castro regime narrative, which is still being treated as gospel by all the usual suspects as well as the genuinely misinformed. It is packed with “deviant” data which happens to be true, and even many if not most Cubans would find it eye-opening and enlightening concerning the real story of Castro’s rise to power. You can imagine what it might do for non-Cubans, at least those with a tolerably open mind. It is very well written in English and is available online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Better World Books.

I was surprised to find that the book was not in the Miami-Dade Public Library system, although other books by the same author were (it was, however, in the separate Hialeah public library system, as well as in the University of Miami library). I subsequently came by a listing  of all the public libraries which have the book. As you can see from that list, the book is missing from many places where it clearly should be, such as the New York City Public Library, DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, other Ivy League institutions besides Harvard, and so on. Really, it should be in as many public collections as possible.

A copy of the book has been donated to the Miami-Dade Public Library system, though it may not show up in their catalog for some weeks, but that leaves a lot of other places where the same thing could be done by interested parties, such as Babalú blog readers throughout the country. Just contact the relevant library’s Collection Development section and offer to donate the book, mentioning that it’s an excellent and important work on Cuban history and that it’s in English. They’re bound to accept it.

As the old saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. However, the horse definitely won’t drink if there’s no water to be had. You get the idea.

3 comments to Cuba 1952-1959, revisited

  • asombra

    If anyone decides to donate a copy to a library system with multiple branches, the Collection Development office should be in the Main Branch, which is the one you need to contact and where you will ultimately deliver the book.

  • rra

    Asombra-
    Manuel Márquez-Sterling and I extend to you our heartfelt thanks for your continuing efforts in the cause of accurate Cuban history, and particularly for your library gift of “Cuba 1952-1959” to the Miami-Dade Public Library and for your post encouraging others to work with their libraries to widen holdings of this book, increasing its accessibility to those interested in the real history of Castro’s rise and impact on Cuba.

    We are grateful that you and your colleagues at Babalú have done so much to bring attention to “Cuba 1952-1959”, and for Babalú readers' warm reception to the book. Nothing is more gratifying to us than seeing resolute effort by younger generations to ensure that the hidden history (or as you like to say, ‘Deviant History’) in the Cuba 1952-1959 pages is not buried and forgotten.

    Thanks again. Very much hope your post exhortation will bear fruit, which would go long way towards goal of having this history available to those interested seekers prepared to search for and unearth the truth about the collapse of the Lost Republic of Cuba.
    -R. Rembert Aranda

  • rra

    Asombra-
    Manuel Márquez-Sterling and I extend to you our heartfelt thanks for your continuing efforts in the cause of accurate Cuban history, and particularly for your library gift of “Cuba 1952-1959” to the Miami-Dade Public Library and for your post encouraging others to work with their libraries to widen holdings of this book, increasing its accessibility to those interested in the real history of Castro’s rise and impact on Cuba.

    We are grateful that you and your colleagues at Babalú have done so much to bring attention to “Cuba 1952-1959”, and for Babalú readers' warm reception to the book. Nothing is more gratifying to us than seeing resolute effort by younger generations to ensure that the hidden history (or as you like to say, ‘Deviant History’) in the Cuba 1952-1959 pages is not buried and forgotten.

    Thanks again. Very much hope your post exhortation will bear fruit, which would go long way towards goal of having this history available to those interested seekers prepared to search for and unearth the truth about the collapse of the Lost Republic of Cuba.
    -R. Rembert Aranda