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The Cuba Wars

The Cuba Wars: Fidel Castro, the United States, and the Next Revolution (Bloomsbury)
By Daniel P. Erikson

Washington, DC November 2008 – On the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, the Inter-American Dialogue is proud to launch a new book, The Cuba Wars: Fidel Castro, the United States, and the Next Revolution (Bloomsbury 2008).  Author and Dialogue senior associate Daniel Erikson explores the twilight of the Castro era and what the future has in store for America’s last Cold War enemy.

Based on more than a dozen trips to Cuba since 2001 and more than fifty interviews of major players in Washington, Havana, and Miami, The Cuba Wars has been hailed as “highly recommended” by Library Journal for presenting “remarkable insight into the fate of Cuba after Fidel.”  Jorge Domínguez of Harvard University has praised the book for its “fascinating stories that illustrate the larger drama,” and Riordan Roett of Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies says that “Wise policy makers will take Erikson’s book as a guide to what to do next.”

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Lecture and Book Signing
Date: November 13, 2008 at 6:30 pm
Location: Inter-American Development Bank
Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium
1330 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20577
No RSVP necessary

Lecture and Book Signing at the Miami International Book Fair
Date: November 16, 2008 from 2 to 2:45 pm
Location: Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
Room 7174/75 (Building 7, 1st Floor)
300 N.E. Second Avenue
Miami, FL 33132
No RSVP Necessary

Politics and Prose: Author Presentation and  Book Signing
Date: November 22, 2008 at 6:00 pm
Location: 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
No RSVP Necessary

Panel Discussion and Book Signing
Date: November 25, 2008 from 4 to 5:30 pm
Location: The Brookings Institution
Saul/Zilkha Rooms
1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036
RSVP here
Reviews and Press

“An invaluable snapshot of a nation poised to ignite on the eve of the revolution’s 50th anniversary.  Terrific background, keen insight, and an evenhanded critical distance distinguish Erikson’s fine work.” - Kirkus Reviews 

“With this fresh, astute, and compassionate exploration of the past two decades of U.S.-Cuban relations, Erikson emerges as a valuable new voice in Washington foreign policy circles.”  – Foreign Affairs

"Erikson achieves what for decades has been so elusive for American observers of the Cuban revolution: he writes with flair and grace, presenting objective, finely nuanced analysis.  this is a stimulating and valuable read." - Brian Latell, author of After Fidel: Raul Castro and the Future of Cuba's Revolution

"Dan Erikson unravels the multiple arguments that swirl about Cuba between Cubans on both sides of the Straits of Florida, the governments in Washington and Havana, and those for whom Cuba is the cause of either glorious revolution or brutal repression.  He sheds light on substantive politices, stylistic differences, and deeply-held public values in clear, accessible prose, with fascinating stories that illustrate the larger drama." - Jorge I. Domínguez, Harvard University

"Dan Erikson has made an issue and a set of characters many of us though permanently frozen dance out from the pages of his wonderfully refresshing look at the recent US-Cuba madness.  Whether writing about Guantánamo, Havana, Miami, or the shenanigans in Washington, Erikson's reporting, analysis, and his wry sense of irony make The Cuba Wars a lot more fun to read than the serious title implies.  A major accomplishment." - Julia E. Sweig, author of Inside the Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro and the Urban Underground

"Inter-American Dialogue’s Daniel P. Erikson will be at the Miami International Book Fair International this weekend to promote his new book, The Cuba Wars: Fidel Castro, The United States, and the Next Revolution. Erikson, one of the country’s most respected Cuba experts, has focused his tome on U.S.-Cuba policy. Cuban Colada talked to Erikson about his latest project." - From the Miami Herald Blog, The Cuban Colada.

About the Author:
  Daniel P. Erikson is senior associate for U.S. policy at the Inter-American Dialogue think tank in Washington, D.C. He has published more than fifty scholarly articles and essays and in publications including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Miami Herald. He is co-editor of Transforming Socialist Economies: Lessons for Cuba and Beyond, and recipient of a Fulbright scholarship.

For further information, please contact Peter Miller at Bloomsbury Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010, 1-646-307-5579, email: or Chris Cote at the Inter-American Dialogue, ph 1-202-463-2560, email:

ISBN: 1-59691-434-3; ISBN-13: 978-1-59691-434-6; $28