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How Things Fall Apart

How Things Fall Apart

What Happened to the Cuban Revolution History

by Elizabeth Dore
Publication Date: 01/11/2022

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The story of the decline of the Cuban Revolution over the last four decades, told through the lives of five ordinary Cuban citizens.

A powerful account of the decline of the Cuban Revolution, told through the lives of five ordinary Cuban citizens.

Cuba is not the country it used to be. The regime is disintegrating, and unprecedented protest marches are challenging the gerontocratic Communist Party leadership.

How Things Fall Apart reveals the decay of this political system through the lives of five ordinary Cuban citizens. Born in the 1970s and 80s, these men and women recount how their lives changed over a tumultuous stretch of thirty-five years: first when Fidel opened the country to tourism following the fall of the Soviet bloc; then when Raúl Castro allowed market forces to operate, thinking it would stop the country's economic slide; and finally when President Trump's tightening of the US embargo combined with the Covid-19 pandemic to cause economic collapse. With warmth and humanity, they describe learning to survive in an environment where a tiny minority has grown rich by local standards, the great majority has been left behind, and inequality has destroyed the very things that used to give meaning to Cubans' lives.

Born out of the first oral history project authorized by the Cuban government in forty years, Professor Elizabeth Dore gathers these stories to illuminate the slow and agonizing decline of the Cuban Revolution over the past four decades. For over sixty years the government controlled the historical narrative. In this book, Cubans tell their own stories.

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Elizabeth Dore

Elizabeth Dore is a professor of Latin American Studies, specializing in class, race, gender and ethnicity, with a focus on modern history. She is Professor Emeritus at the University of Southampton, Associate Fellow of the Institute of the Americas, University College London, and has a PhD from Columbia University. Elizabeth is Project Director of the Oral History Project 'Memories of the Cuban Revolution' and has written extensively on Cuban history and politics.

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