New Book: Marc Frank’s “Cuban Revelations—Behind the Scenes in Havana”

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Cuban Revelations: Behind the Scenes in Havana was published in October 2013 (Press of Florida). In this book, Marc Frank examines Cuba’s recent history, the gradual transition of leadership, and the evolution of the island’s internal affairs and foreign relations. Publisher’s Description: As a U.S.-born journalist who has called Havana home for almost a quarter century, Mark Frank has observed in person the best days of the revolution, the fall of the Soviet bloc, the great depression of the 1990s, the stepping aside of Fidel Castro, and the reforms now being devised by his brother. In Cuban Revelations, Frank offers a first-hand account of daily life in Cuba at the turn of the twenty-first century, the start of a new and dramatic epoch for islanders and the Cuban diaspora. Examining the effects of U.S. policy toward Cuba, Frank analyzes why Cuba has entered an extraordinary, irreversible period of change and considers what the island’s future holds. The enormous social engineering project taking place today under Raúl’s leadership is fraught with many dangers, and Cuban Revelations follows the new leader’s efforts to overcome bureaucratic resistance and the fears of a populace that stand in his way. In addition, Frank offers a colorful chronicle of his travels across the island’s many and varied provinces, sharing candid interviews with people from all walks of life. He takes the reader outside the capital to reveal how ordinary Cubans live and what they are thinking and feeling as fifty-year-old social and economic taboos are broken. He shares his honest and unbiased observations on extraordinary positive developments in social matters, like healthcare and education, as well as on the inefficiencies in the Cuban economy. Ultimately, Cuban Revelations is an objective account by a reporter who has lived with the Cubans for many years as their old world falls apart and they set about trying to build a new one. Marc Frank is a freelance journalist based in Cuba, who works for Thomson Reuters and the Financial Times, consults for ABC News, has contributed to the Economist and Argentina’s Clarín, and is the author of Cuba Looks to the Year 2000. For full article, see http://upf.com/book.asp?id=FRANK003

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