Author: Randy Wayne White
Release Date: 2015-03-24
The remarkable new novel in the Doc Ford series by New York Times–bestselling author Randy Wayne White. Doc Ford’s old friend, General Juan Garcia, has gone into the lucrative business of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the U.S. He is also feasting on profits made by buying historical treasures for pennies on the dollar. He prefers what dealers call HPC items—high-profile collectibles—but when he manages to obtain a collection of letters written by Fidel Castro between 1960–62 to a secret girlfriend, it’s not a matter of money anymore. Garcia has stumbled way out of his depth. First Garcia disappears, and then the man to whom he sold the letters. When Doc Ford begins to investigate, he soon becomes convinced that those letters contain a secret that someone, or some powerful agency, cannot allow to be made public. A lot happened between Cuba and the United States from 1960–62. Many men died. A few more will hardly be noticed. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Carsten Stroud
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2010-05-11
As a cop, Rick Broca had seen enough human misery to last a lifetime. Which is why he's now living the good life -- playing consultant to a Hollywood producer. Taking care of his employer's boat in the Florida Keys, Rick figures he's finally got it made. That changes when he rescues a mysterious pilot from a downed seaplane, and is intercepted by a fishing boat that happens to be packing heavy artillery. Rick knows enough to shoot first and, if you're still alive, ask questions later -- and finds himself caught in a tropical maelstrom of international power and politics between the U.S. and Cuba. To reach safe waters, he'll have to navigate a violent course of intrigue and betrayal between his code of honor and his well-worn sense of self-preservation....
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Author: Stephen Coonts
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2012-12-20
In Cuba, an ailing Fidel Castro lies dying. A succession struggle commences. As Havana heats up, the CIA learns that one of the presidential contenders, secret police chief Alejo Vargas, has developed biological weapons and installed them on half-dozen intermediate-range ballistic missiles delivered by the Soviets during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Vargas' plan: foment a crisis with the U.S. and cow the Americans with biological weapons, thereby uniting the Cuban people behind his leadership...
Author: Tom D. McKinnon
Release Date: 2000-12-01
While searching for the lost treasure ship La Madelena in the Florida Keys, Stephen Caffey and Tyler Caitland witness an event that propels them into a murderous scheme of deceit, greed and seduction. Caught between corrupt government officials and the wrath of a wealthy Cuban ex-patriot attempting to overthrow the Cuban Communist Party, Stephen and Tyler race against time to locate the forgotten treasure while desperately trying to escape the deadly tram closing in on them.
Author: William M. LeoGrande
Publisher: UNC Press Books
Release Date: 2014-10-13
History is being made in U.S.-Cuban relations right now. This powerful book is essential to making sense of the new and ongoing steps towards normalization between the longtime antagonists. Challenging the conventional wisdom of perpetual hostility between the United States and Cuba--beyond invasions, covert operations, assassination plots using poison pens and exploding seashells, and a grinding economic embargo--Back Channel to Cuba chronicles a surprising, untold history of bilateral efforts toward rapprochement and reconciliation. Since 1959, conflict and aggression have dominated the story of the United States and Cuba. Now, William M. LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh present a remarkably new and relevant account. From John F. Kennedy's offering of an olive branch to Fidel Castro after the missile crisis, to Henry Kissinger's top secret quest for normalization, to Barack Obama's promise of a new approach, LeoGrande and Kornbluh reveal a fifty-year record of dialogue and negotiations, both open and furtive, indicating a path toward a world beyond the legacy of hostility. LeoGrande and Kornbluh have uncovered hundreds of formerly secret U.S. documents and conducted interviews with dozens of negotiators, intermediaries, and policy makers, including Fidel Castro and Jimmy Carter. The authors describe how, despite the intense political clamor surrounding efforts to improve relations with Havana, serious negotiations have been conducted by every presidential administration since Eisenhower's through secret, back-channel diplomacy. Including ten critical lessons for U.S. negotiators, the book offers a key perspective on the normalization process underway and illuminates a fascinating passage in U.S.-Cuban relations as it happens.
Author: Susan Eckstein
Release Date: 2009-09-11
Genre: Political Science
Are all immigrants from the same home country best understood as a homogeneous group of foreign-born? Or do they differ in their adaptation and transnational ties depending on when they emigrated and with what lived experiences? Between Castro’s rise to power in 1959 and the early twenty-first century more than a million Cubans immigrated to the United States. While it is widely known that Cuban émigrés have exerted a strong hold on Washington policy toward their homeland, Eckstein uncovers a fascinating paradox: the recent arrivals, although poor and politically weak, have done more to transform their homeland than the influential and prosperous early exiles who have tried for half a century to bring the Castro regime to heel. The impact of the so-called New Cubans is an unintended consequence of the personal ties they maintain with family in Cuba, ties the first arrivals oppose. This historically-grounded, nuanced book offers a rare in-depth analysis of Cuban immigrants’ social, cultural, economic, and political adaptation, their transformation of Miami into the "northern most Latin American city," and their cross-border engagement and homeland impact. Eckstein accordingly provides new insight into the lives of Cuban immigrants, into Cuba in the post Soviet era, and into how Washington’s failed Cuba policy might be improved. She also posits a new theory to deepen the understanding not merely of Cuban but of other immigrant group adaptation.
Author: J. Howard Williams
Release Date: 2005-04
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
As I sit at my computer surrounded by pictures of "Rebel" and "Blue Lady" recording memories of my sailing life, I know just how lucky I have been. Had I been just a few years earlier in arriving on this earth, I would have missed the chance of a middle class working stiff to own such boats. Only one generation earlier had no opportunity to own and sail the boats I have known. Author J. Howard Williams experienced a variety of jobs in his lifetime, from a CPA to a marina manager to a boat salesman. But through it all, his heart has belonged to sailing. Journey with Williams through a lifetime of sailing adventures in Love at First Sight. On his sailboats Sooner, Sooner II, Rebel, Rebel II, and Blue Lady, he sailed well over 100,000 good and bad miles. On the water of Galveston Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, the Bahamas and the Atlantic coast from 1950 to 1990, Williams experienced and now shares a lifetime of joy for and fascination with the world of sailing.