Back Channel to Cuba
The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana
Updated paperback edition
By William M. LeoGrande, Peter Kornbluh
with a new epilogue
584 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 26 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2660-4
Published: November 2015
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2661-1
Published: September 2015
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Awards & distinctions
2015 Douglas Dillon Award, American Academy of Diplomacy
A Foreign Affairs Best Book of the Year
2016 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
About the Authors
William M. LeoGrande, professor of government at American University, is the author of Our Own Backyard: The United States in Central America, 1977-1992, among other books.
For more information about William M. LeoGrande, visit the Author Page.
Peter Kornbluh, director of the Cuba Documentation Project at the National Security Archive in Washington, D.C., is the author of The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability, among other books.
For more information about Peter Kornbluh, visit the Author Page.
"Challenging the prevailing narrative of U.S.-Cuba relations, this book investigates the history of the secret, and often surprising, dialogue between Washington and Havana. . . . Suggest[s] that the past holds lessons for future negotiators."--The New Yorker
"LeoGrande and Kornbluh's exhaustive and masterful diplomatic history will stand as the most authoritative account of U.S.-Cuban diplomatic relations during the five decades of Cuban President Fidel Castro's rule."--Foreign Affairs
"Told in clear prose, this richly detailed book underscores how diplomacy makes headlines, but many exchanges happen far from official negotiation tables."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A tour de force, Back Channel to Cuba never simplifies the complexity of the post-Revolution relationship between the United States and Cuba. The authors' virtuosity and enthusiastic vigor is reminiscent of John Le Carré as a political moralist while adhering to exacting scholarly standards."--The American Conservative
"An exceedingly well-written and well-documented account. . . . Essential for libraries that support research into the political and diplomatic history of America foreign relations with Cuba in the latter half of the 20th century."--Library Journal, starred review
“A rich and timely review of the background to the normalization recently achieved.”--Studies in Intelligence