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Sherrow, Victoria.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Twenty-First Century Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
144 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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F1758.5 .S57 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

Gr. 7-12. As with most books about Cuba's recent history, this title focuses on the personality and policies of Fidel Castro. Sherrow offers a balanced view, pointing out Castro's success in dramatically improving healthcare and education, while faulting his government's economic problems and poor record on human rights. Cuba's relations with the U.S. are covered in fairly detailed sections on the cold war, the trade embargo, the exile community, and even Elian Gonzalez. Other chapters deal with Cuban people's everyday life and their accomplishments. At times, the book seems hurriedly put together, with a few of the same, older sources quoted repeatedly, and John Quincy Adams is mistakenly listed as the American president in 1799 (it was John Adams). Still, there's enough good material to make this useful for reports. Black-and-white photographs, chapter notes, a bibliography, and further readings are included. --Todd Morning.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-Sherrow gives a brief overview of the country's history and struggle for independence, followed by a discussion of Fidel Castro's leadership, loss of support after the fall of the Soviet Union, industries, and the current economic situation. A chapter is devoted to the intricacies of the political system and the human-rights issues that are continually being challenged. The educational and health-care systems, as well as the lifestyle of the people, are addressed, including the important roles that music, dance, literature, and sports play in Cuban culture. One chapter concerns international relations and emigration, most notably the situation involving Elian Gonzalez. Disappointingly, only a handful of black-and-white photos appear and not a single map is included. However, the book is well researched and carefully organized. It should be a useful addition to libraries, along with existing titles such as Marion Morrison's Cuba (Children's, 1999).-Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.