New history of Cuba’s Mariel boatlift: Event at Books & Books, Miami

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All who live in or near Miami are in for a treat this weekend

Cuban-American historian Dr. Victor Triay will present his new book on the Mariel boatlift of 1980 and sign copies for those in attendance.

Date:Sunday October 20

Time:4:00 pm Books & Books in Coral Gables

265 Aragon Ave ,Coral Gables, FL 33134 /Phone:305-442-4408

If you can’t make it to this event to purchase a signed copy of The Mariel Boatlift: A Cuban-American Journey, you can purchase this book and all others by Victor Triay at Amazon. Simply click on the titles listed in this post.

Here is a description of the Mariel book provided by the publisher:

Set against the sweeping backdrop of one of the most dramatic refugee crises of the twentieth century, The Mariel Boatlift presents the stories of Cuban immigrants to the United States who overcame frightening circumstances to build new lives for themselves and flourish in their adopted country

Award-winning historian Victor Triay portrays the repressive climate in Cuba as the democratic promises of Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution gave way to a communist dictatorship under which the people of the island became virtually cut off from the outside world. He illustrates how escalating internal tensions during the regime’s second decade in power culminated in an exodus of over 125,000 Cuban refugees across the Straits of Florida during the spring and summer of 1980.

Alongside a fast-paced narrative offering a brief history of the Mariel Boatlift, Triay presents testimonies from former Mariel refugees who recall their lives in Cuba before the boatlift and how they longed to reunite with family members who lived in exile in the United States. Their captivating stories detail the physical and psychological abuse they endured in Cuba at the hands of pro-government mobs and the mistreatment many experienced at processing centers there before reaching the port of Mariel.  Yet, despite the obstacles placed before them, the overwhelming majority of these immigrants successfully transitioned to their new lives as Americans and many have emerged as leading professionals, scholars, writers, artists, and business people.

This book shares their hardships and successes while profoundly illustrating the human impact of international power struggles.

Victor Triay

Victor Andres Triay is professor of history at Middlesex Community College in Middletown, Connecticut.

A Miami native and now one of those extremely rare Connecticut Yanquis, Victor is the author of several books, two of which are definitive studies of extremely significant events in recent Cuban history:


Fleeing Castro: Operation Pedro Pan and the Cuban Children’s Program


Bay of Pigs: An Oral History of Brigade 2506

He is also the author of “The Unbroken Circle” trilogy, a set of gripping edge-of-your-seat historical novels that trace the lives of a Cuban family from the early days of the Castro regime to their exile experience.

Volume 1: The Struggle Begins

Volume 2: Freedom Betrayed

Volume 3: On Freedom’s Shores

In addition, Victor Triay has recently interviewed many surviving veterans of Brigade 2506, compiling the most extensive video archive of the history of the Bay of Pigs invasion, as told by the men who took part in it.