Ernesto's Ghost
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Set against a backdrop of real people and events, Ernesto's Ghost is more than an espionage thriller or historical novel about Cuba. It is about moral choices-the moral choices made by the novel's central character, Professor David Diamond, when he discovers the dark side of the revolution, and the choices made by the other principal characters regarding their revolutionary commitment, their loved ones, and their professionalism. The time is 1974. A possible rapprochement between the United States and Cuba is in the offing following Nixon's resignation. But Henry Kissinger and the State Department are receiving mixed signals from Havana. On the eve of his trip to Cuba, the CIA tries to enlist Diamond in sorting out Fidel Castro's real intentions. The novel follows Diamond in Cuba as he begins to doubt the revolution only to fall in love with the stunning Catalina Cruz. It traces Catalina's own struggle in getting over the death of her beloved Ernesto, the epitome of Cuba's new man, and in ultimately questioning her government's policies. And it is a tale of the two lovers fending off Cuba's all-powerful state and the Comandante himself. On still other levels Ernesto's Ghost follows the dedication and courage of two intelligence officers-the CIA's Rudy Garcya and Joaquyn Acosta of Cuba's State Security-who are guided more by their own moral compasses than by the dictates of their governments. It is also about a revolution gone astray and the conceit of idealism that blinded so many of its followers. Finally, Ernesto's Ghost takes the reader through a labyrinth of political intrigue, with its concluding chapters full of unexpected twists and revelations, with mounting tension and suspense. It will appeal to those who enjoy popular fiction, as well as those interested in learning more about international politics and a major political phenomenon of our times.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 162.1 x 237.7 x 28.7mm | 625.97g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0765801353
  • 9780765801357

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-Ernesto's Ghost is a terrific read! Gonzalez weaves a tale of politics and lust, Cuban state security and the CIA, the suspense of a whodonit, and a nuanced, subtle, and impressive command of Cuban politics and society in early to mid-1970s. His characters are real because Gonzalez knows how to set them in the Cuba that actually existed, a setting fluid and informal in interpersonal relations, authoritarian in politics, and enchanting to U.S. academics such as the novel's protagonist. It's quite a treat to read a novel both learned and fun.- --Jorge I. Dominguez, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Harvard -A superb novel set against a background of intrigue and mystery. The author's own experience and his excellent research on the Cuban revolution adds credibility to a fascinating story.- --Jaime Suchlicki, director, Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, University of Miami -Ernesto's Ghost is an exciting journey into the political maze of Fidel Castro's Cuba. Everything about it--the unpredictable CIA officers, a colorful cast of fervid Cuban revolutionaries and defectors, and the ineffable American professor in their midst--rings true. Ed Gonzalez's vast knowledge of Cuba and its tortured relations with the United States is skillfully styled in this quick-paced story of love and intrigue.- --Brian Latell, former senior CIA analyst for Latin America and Georgetown University professor "Ernesto's Ghost is a terrific read! Gonzalez weaves a tale of politics and lust, Cuban state security and the CIA, the suspense of a whodonit, and a nuanced, subtle, and impressive command of Cuban politics and society in early to mid-1970s. His characters are real because Gonzalez knows how to set them in the Cuba that actually existed, a setting fluid and informal in interpersonal relations, authoritarian in politics, and enchanting to U.S. academics such as the novel's protagonist. It's quite a treat to read a novel both learned and fun." --Jorge I. Dominguez, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Harvard "A superb novel set against a background of intrigue and mystery. The author's own experience and his excellent research on the Cuban revolution adds credibility to a fascinating story." --Jaime Suchlicki, director, Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, University of Miami "Ernesto's Ghost is an exciting journey into the political maze of Fidel Castro's Cuba. Everything about it--the unpredictable CIA officers, a colorful cast of fervid Cuban revolutionaries and defectors, and the ineffable American professor in their midst--rings true. Ed Gonzalez's vast knowledge of Cuba and its tortured relations with the United States is skillfully styled in this quick-paced story of love and intrigue." --Brian Latell, former senior CIA analyst for Latin America and Georgetown University professor "Ernesto's Ghost is a terrific read! Gonzalez weaves a tale of politics and lust, Cuban state security and the CIA, the suspense of a whodonit, and a nuanced, subtle, and impressive command of Cuban politics and society in early to mid-1970s. His characters are real because Gonzalez knows how to set them in the Cuba that actually existed, a setting fluid and informal in interpersonal relations, authoritarian in politics, and enchanting to U.S. academics such as the novel's protagonist. It's quite a treat to read a novel both learned and fun." --Jorge I. Dominguez, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Harvard "A superb novel set against a background of intrigue and mystery. The author's own experience and his excellent research on the Cuban revolution adds credibility to a fascinating story." --Jaime Suchlicki, director, Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, University of Miami "Ernesto's Ghost is an exciting journey into the political maze of Fidel Castro's Cuba. Everything about it--the unpredictable CIA officers, a colorful cast of fervid Cuban revolutionaries and defectors, and the ineffable American professor in their midst--rings true. Ed Gonzalez's vast knowledge of Cuba and its tortured relations with the United States is skillfully styled in this quick-paced story of love and intrigue." --Brian Latell, former senior CIA analyst for Latin America and Georgetown University professor
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About Edward Gonzalez

Edward Gonzalez is professor emeritus at U.C.L.A., where he taught political science. Over the past thirty-three years he has published academic studies on various aspects of the Cuban revolution as well as RAND reports on U.S. policy toward the Cuban government. Among his major writings is Cuba under Castro: The Limits of Charisma.
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