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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--this fascinating book chronicles a surprising, untold history of bilateral efforts toward rapprochement and reconciliation. Since 1959, conflict and aggression have dominated the story of U.S.-Cuban relations. Now, LeoGrande and Kornbluh present a new and increasingly more relevant account. From Kennedy's offering of an olive branch to Castro after the missile crisis, to Kissinger's top secret quest for normalization, to 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 better relations in the future.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. CONTENTS
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. ABBREVIATIONS
  2. pp. xii-xvi
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  1. INTRODUCTION: Rebuilding Bridges
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. 1. EISENHOWER: Patience and Forbearance
  2. pp. 6-41
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  1. 2. KENNEDY: The Secret Search for Accommodation
  2. pp. 42-78
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  1. 3. JOHNSON: Castro Reaches Out
  2. pp. 79-118
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  1. 4. NIXON AND FORD: Kissinger’s Caribbean Détente
  2. pp. 119-154
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  1. 5. CARTER: Close, but No Cigar
  2. pp. 155-224
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  1. 6. REAGAN AND BUSH: Diplomatic Necessity
  2. pp. 225-267
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  1. 7. CLINTON: From Calibrated Response to Parallel Positive Steps
  2. pp. 268-344
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  1. 8. GEORGE W. BUSH: Turning Back the Clock
  2. pp. 345-367
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  1. 9. OBAMA: A New Beginning?
  2. pp. 368-401
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  1. 10. INTIMATE ADVERSARIES, POSSIBLE FRIENDS
  2. pp. 402-418
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 419-848
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 485-500
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 501-524
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