“If you are reading any other book on Cuba right now, close it… The most informative, accurate, insightful, detailed account available on 21st century Cuba… This book is based on solid sources, first hand investigation, ‘behind the scenes’ access, and an understanding of Cuba and Cubans that is very, very rare.”—Havana Times

“[A] fascinating new book.”—Washington Post 

“A must-read for Cuba watchers and readers wanting to understand the island. Essential for a sharper grasp of Cuban-American relations and the role American politics plays in the sovereignty of this independent state.”—Library Journal 

“An incisive, revealing portrait of a nation on the brink of transformation.”—Booklist 

“[A] detailed investigation of Raul Castro’s reforms since his unexpected appointment to power in the summer of 2006.”—New York Review of Books

“A remarkably rich, gritty account of daily life today in the twilight of Caribbean socialism.”—Foreign Affairs

“[Frank] hides neither his admiration for Cuba nor his pride at its citizens’ ability to survive the numerous tumultuous times and turbulences that outsiders repeatedly predicted would lead to chaos in the streets and, finally, the end of the Castro regime.”—Los Angeles Review of Books 

“A seminal account of Fidel Castro’s failing health and transfer of power; of his younger brother Raul’s differing style and early record in government; of the plan hatched for sweeping economic reform; and of changes in U.S. policy under the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations.”—National Post 

“A vivid, engaging exploration of Cuban politics, culture and economic life…. Captures the complicated relationship between the state and Cuba’s religious communities; the movements of the state as it scrambles in the face of one crisis after another; Cuba’s artistic and intellectual life; Cuba’s foreign relations and its role in the region; Cuba’s history and the ways daily life in the country is permeated by a deep sense of history.”—America

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