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Contesting Castro: The United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution

Thomas G. Paterson


Today they stand as enemies, but in the 1950s, few countries were as closely intertwined as Cuba and the United States. Thousands of Americans (including Ernest Hemingway and Errol Flynn) lived on the island, and, in the United States, dancehalls swayed to the mambo beat. The strong-arm Batista regime depended on Washington's support, and it invited American gangsters like Meyer Lansky to build fancy casinos for U.S. tourists. Major league scouts searched for Cuban talent: The New York Giants even offered a contract to a young pitcher named Fidel Castro. In 1955, Castro did come to the United ... More

Keywords: 1950s, Cuba, United States, mambo beat, Batista, revolution, Fidel Castro

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Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780195101201
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101201.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas G. Paterson, author
University of Connecticut

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I Binding the Cuban-American Relationship at Mid-Century

II Confronting the Insurrection

III Riding the Tiger to Defeat

IV Dumping the Dictator, Blocking the Rebel

V Losing a Client