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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Though he was wary, Castro entertained some hope of establishing a rapprochement with Washington. But after being snubbed by President Eisenhower and receiving a less-than-cordial reception from Vice President Richard Nixon, Castro got the strong impression that US intentions toward his new Cuban government were hostile. Based on firsthand interviews with many of the key players involved in Cuban-American relations of that era, plus thorough background research, Turner raises a host of disturbing questions: Before the ouster of the Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista by Castro, why did Vice President Nixon often socialize at Havana casinos with his Cuban friend Bebe Rebozo?

How was the rabid anticommunism of the Eisenhower administration, especially its instant dislike of Castro, connected to its cozy relationship with the former mob-controlled dictatorship? In a vivid narrative The Cuban Connection provides insider information that rarely reaches the public and that many in power never wanted the public to know.

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Sort order. Jun 18, Aleixander rated it really liked it. May 28, Doug rated it it was ok Shelves: finished-reading. Lot of familiar material covered here, but the one interesting elements is how VP Richard Nixon, after a contentious three-hour meeting with Fidel Castro, pushed the Cuban leader into the Soviet sphere.

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Castro had no real alliances except for Cuban nationalism, but the hostility he got from Nixon made him aware the US was never going to accept him as the legitimate leader of Cuba. Jacqui rated it liked it Feb 11, Daniel rated it it was ok May 23, Mark Hannah rated it really liked it Feb 01, TJ rated it it was amazing Jan 30, Mq rated it liked it Dec 23, Keisha Webb rated it liked it Jul 09, Mq rated it liked it Dec 31, Elizabeth marked it as to-read Jul 08, Prometheus Books added it Jul 26, Elizabeth added it Jun 24, Chelsea Celeste marked it as to-read Jul 10, Patrick marked it as to-read Jan 06, Nazelle Ashley is currently reading it Jan 25, Eliot Colin marked it as to-read Apr 28, Jamie Bowe marked it as to-read Dec 07, DB marked it as to-read Nov 06, Graham Edward marked it as to-read Apr 05,