This book has long been regarded as the definitive history of Castro's communist regime, beginning in 1959 through the 1990s. This updated, second edition contains a new epilogue by the author that covers the last decade, including such newsworthy events as the Elian Gonzalez controversy, the growing immigrant community of Cuban-Americans in Florida, the role of Cuban-Americans in the 2000 presidential election, the withering U.S. sales embargo and the inevitable transition of power now that Castro is in his mid-70s.
"Back From the Future is arguably the best sociological book on the origins and evolution of the Cuban revolutionary experiment. The book provides an invaluable guide, for expert and neophyte alike, of the complexities and paradoxes of this unique national phenomenon." -- Alejandro Portes, co-author of Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation
"A decade after the Cold War's end, those who worship and loathe Fidel Castro are still debating the Cuban revolution's legacy. Eckstein side-steps this sterile debate and offers a superb historical and comparative evaluation. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to know where Cuba has come, and where it is going." -- Robert A. Pastor, author of Not Condemned to Repetition: The United States and Nicaragua