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Back Channel to Cuba by Peter Kornbluh & William M. LeoGrande
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Back Channel to Cuba

The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana

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Narrator Robertson Dean
Length 20 hours 19 minutes
Language English
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Since 1959, conflict and aggression have dominated the story of U.S.-Cuban relations. 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," William M. LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh reveal a fifty-year record of dialogue and negotiations, both open and furtive, indicating a path toward better relations in the future.

LeoGrande and Kornbluh have uncovered hundreds of formerly secret U.S. documents and conducted interviews with dozens of negotiators, intermediaries, and policy makers. The authors describe how, despite the political clamor surrounding any hint of better relations with Havana, serious negotiations have been conducted by every presidential administration since Eisenhower's through secret, back-channel diplomacy.

Peter Kornbluh is a senior analyst at the National Security Archive in Washington. He is the author of several books, including The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability.

William M. LeoGrande is a professor of government, a specialist in Latin American politics and U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America, and a frequent adviser to government and private sector agencies. He has written five books, including Our Own Backyard: The United States in Central America, 1977-1992. Previously, he served on the staffs of the Democratic Policy Committee of the U.S. Senate and the Democratic Caucus Task Force on Central America of the U.S. House of Representatives. William has been a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow and a Pew Faculty Fellow in International Affairs. His articles have appeared in various international and national journals, magazines, and newspapers.

Robertson Dean has recorded hundreds of audiobooks in most every genre. He's been nominated for several Audie Awards, won nine Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine's Best Voices of 2010. He lives in Los Angeles, where he records books and acts in film, TV, and (especially) on stage.

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Reviews

"Told in clear prose, this richly detailed book underscores how diplomacy makes headlines, but many exchanges happen far from official negotiation tables." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review Expand reviews