Since 1959, conflict and aggression have dominated the story of
United States-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.
Kornbluh have uncovered hundreds of formerly secret United States 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. Download and start listening now!