264 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 2 tables, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3210-0
Published: June 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-8858-2
Published: June 2009
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Title
Sáenz traces the routes taken around the world by traffickers and smugglers. After Cuba, the most important player in this story is the United States. The involvement of gangsters and corrupt U.S. officials and businessmen enabled prohibited substances to reach a strong market in the United States, from rum running during Prohibition to increased demand for narcotics during the Cold War. Originally published in Colombia in 2005, this first English-language edition has been revised and updated by the author.
About the Author
Eduardo Saenz Rovner is professor of history at Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota. He is author or editor of six other books published in Colombia.
For more information about Eduardo Sáenz Rovner, visit the Author Page.
"A valuable addition to that corpus of historical research on Cuba that confronts official myths that it is all too easy to leave unchallenged."--Latin American Review of Books
"This meticulously researched and cogently argued work represents a major contribution to Cuban history. . . . Accessibly written and powerfully insightful."--Choice
"This exhaustively researched text will be of great use to scholars of twentieth-century Cuba, U.S.-Cuban relations, and the global drug trade."--H-Net Reviews
"This book fills some Cuban niches untouched by North American scholars. . . . [It] brings to light new documentation regarding Cubans, non-Cuban traffickers, and people who used Cuba as a logistical base from the era of prohibition to the Cuban Revolution. . . . There is no doubt that Saenz Rovner gives Cuba the coverage it deserves."--American Historical Review
"A unique contribution to the fields of Latin American history, U.S. foreign relations, and narcotics studies. . . . Great credit is due to the author for locating this data and producing such a concise account based on it."--Hispanic American Historical Review
“Valuable for fields such as political science and sociology and interdisciplinary areas such as Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and criminal justice . . . . A worthy read.”--New West Indian Guide