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In Contesting Castro, the author, Thomas Paterson, attempts to give reasons for what caused the disconnect between the United States and Cuba. He supports his reasoning by giving his readers many different accounts, quotes, and views from the people who were involved in the many different problems that led up to the severed relationship. After reading through the book, Paterson does an excellent job of explaining the sometimes-complex circumstances that led to the United States and Cuba not having a relationship.
Paterson goes over a time span of just eight years, starting in 1955 with Fidel Castro’s travels and activities during Batista’s rule and ending in 1963 with the completely ...view middle of the document...

In America, many people tend to blame the Cubans for the demise of the relationship. The view is of course reversed for Cubans—they put the fault on the Americans. Fortunately, Paterson gives evidence proving that both sides were at fault.
In Paterson’s account of events that led to the breakage of the relationship between the United States and Cuba, he uses specific details to prove his point. Not only does he give several simple reasons as to what led to the decline of a once strong relationship, but he also gives strong, specific facts concerning each point. I was expecting this book to be very bias, in that it would only show the United State’s viewpoint of what happened and put most of the blame on Cuba. However, he gives details from both sides of the matter, providing enough information where anybody could form their own educated opinions about the relationship break. He gives hundreds of sources to back up the events, which he references throughout the book and lists them in the back of the book. In most instances, he...

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