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Ry with extraordinary insight and panache covering subjects ranging from sugar tobacco and education to slavery war and occupationEncyclopaedic in range and breathtaking in execution Cuba is surely one of the seminal works of world history'An astonishing feat the author does to explain the phenomenon of Fidel's rise to power than anybody else has done so far'    Spectator'Brilliant'   The New York Times'Immensely readable Thomas's notion of history's scope is generous for he has not limited himself to telling old political and military events; Very boring and poorly structured It is shamefully easy to lose salient points in a book like this

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He describes Cuban culture at all stages not merely accessible but absorbing His language is witty but never mocking crisp but never harsh'    New Yorker'Thomas seems to have talked to everybody not dead or in jail and read everything He is scrupulously fair'    TimeHugh Thomas is the author of among other books The Spanish Civil War 1962 which won the Somerset Maugham Award Cuba The Pursuit of Freedom 1971 An Unfinished History of the World 1979 and the first two volumes of his Spanish Empire trilogy Rivers of Gold 2003 and The Golden Age 20 Lo compr justo antes de mi viaje a Cuba uer a empaparme de la historia de Cuba tratar de comprender a ese pueblo encapsulado en el tiempo y de la magn nima figura de Castro Si bien es la historia a grandes rasgos ued perplejo ante ella Existe una Cuba antes de Castro y una Cuba despu s de Castro En la primera Cuba siempre dependi o se someti a pa ses extranjeros como Espa a o USA En la segunda Cuba es independiente aunue a n arrastr su caracter stica de dependencia ahora por la URSS En s ntesis es un buen libro ue me ayud a comprender la historia de esta revolucionaria isla

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From award winning historian Hugh Thomas Cuba A History is the essential work for understanding one of the most fascinating and controversial countries in the worldHugh Thomas's acclaimed book explores the whole sweep of Cuban history from the British capture of Havana in 1762 through the years of Spanish and United States domination down to the twentieth century and the extraordinary revolution of Fidel CastroThroughout this period of over two hundred years Hugh Thomas analyses the political economic and social events that have shaped Cuban histo I admit I only read half of it I was interested in Castro s antecedents and first months in power so I only read starting from the fall of Machado in 1933 to october 1959 but this book is amazing The research put into it is stunning It is highly detailed but it is able to leave only relevant information and form a coherent narrative where even if the reader does not remember each one of the details they all serve a purpose to make us understand the context where the outstanding events happenedIt undertandably puts a lot of emphasis in the revolution and the chapter Dawn of the old Cuba is astounding I m yet to find such a detailed panorama of the social situation in another historical timeThat being said the writing is a little lacking Sometimes the details are overwhelming and force the writer not to put emphasis in the right places While he devotes a lot of citations about the political situation that could be understood just by explaining it the protests and uprisings are narrated in an even sterile way I believe books like the last two years of Salvador Allende with all of its faults did a better job on calibrating the emphasis for the layman readerAlso I missed sourcing Nowhere in the book are the sources mentioned in text As much as that is not in any way discrediting of his work it is a good practice in history books and lets the reader check the sources especialy primary for themselves Nontheless it is one of the best books to read if you are interested in the details of the history of Cuba and wish to understand where the revolution came from and what could ve been different


10 thoughts on “Cuba By Hugh Thomas

  1. says:

    I admit I only read half of it I was interested in Castro's antecedents and first months in power so I only read starting from the fall of Machado in 1933 to october 1959 but this book is amazing The research put into it is stunning It is highly detailed but it is able to leave only relevant information and form a coherent narrat

  2. says:

    This book is very big It's also inadeuate I would not recommend this to anyone who wants to gain a general overview of the history of Cuba It's also biased and spends a lot of time dwelling on the things it's biased againstThe author does a good summary of Cuba's early history and goes into uite a bit of detail about the slave trade Packing the chapters out with extra info of events that happened outside of Cuba but that still a

  3. says:

    Hugh Thomas's Cuba The Pursuit of Freedom first published in 1971 intermittently updated over the years is a massive look at the island's tumultuous history from the British occupation of Havana in 1762 through the early years of Cas

  4. says:

    Más bien una visión de cómo España Estados Unidos y la URSS han influido en la historia cubana ue la historia

  5. says:

    This is a comprehensive History of Cuba from 1762 to 1971 Although it has minor inaccuracies and a few typos Thomas narrative is both entertaining and informative and easy to read despite the 1700 pages It covers the last 100 years of the Spanish colonial period the several wars for independence and the days of

  6. says:

    Very boring and poorly structured It is shamefully easy to lose salient points in a book like this

  7. says:

    Lo compré justo antes de mi viaje a Cuba uería empaparme de la historia de Cuba tratar de comprender a ese pueblo encapsulado en el tiempo y de la magnánima figura de Castro Si bien es la historia a grandes rasgos uedé perplejo ante ella Existe una Cuba antes de Castro y una Cuba después de Castro En la pri

  8. says:

    The book gives a thorough history of Cuba It takes a while to read and digest all of the information It's for stu

  9. says:

    Una historia de Cuba a partir de 1762 el año de la invasión inglesa hasta después del colapso de la URSS Fascinante especialmente los años últimos de Batista y los primeros de Castro Muy recomendable

  10. says:

    Impressive historical account of the people of Cuba whose whole philosophy of life is revolution and mostly for th

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