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Cuba for the Misinformed: Facts from the Forbidden Island

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A lively survey of Cuba's past and present, and a “must-have” companion to any Cuba travel guide

“Cuba has the same effect on American administrations<br> that the full moon has on werewolves.” –– Wayne Smith, former head of US Interests Section in
Havana

For more than 50 years, the US government and mass media have misrepresented, hidden or ignored the truth about Cuba. In "Cuba for the Misinformed," Mick Winter brings together a fascinating array of facts and anecdotes about Cuba's history, its government, its people, and the actions that the United States has taken against the well-being of those people.

Citizens of other countries do know many of these facts. That is why every year at the United Nations almost every country on the planet (the 2012 vote was 188-3) demands that the United States end its embargo of Cuba.

As you read this book, you will recognize that for more than fifty years something very interesting has been happening just ninety miles offshore from the United States. You may not agree with everything— or even anything— that has happened since the Cuban revolution, but you will likely admit that this small island country of eleven million people has had a global effect that reaches far beyond its size.

This book presents information that is little-known (particularly to most Americans) about Cuba and its relationship with the United States. It offers this information clearly, succinctly and in a style that's enjoyable to read, and backs it up with helpful footnotes and links to resources. Whether you're a student, educator or journalist; planning a trip to Cuba (this book is an essential companion to your Cuba tour book); anticipating future business dealings; or simply want to know more, you'll find "Cuba for the Misinformed" a treasure of interesting—and often fascinating—information, facts and anecdotes about Cuba and its people.


“Hard as it may be to accept, our policy toward Cuba has failed<br> and it is now time to change our focus from trying<br> to destroy Cuba's government to helping its people.
—Former US president Richard Nixon (1994)

Why did Che Guevara thank US President John Kennedy for the Bay of Pigs invasion?

What was the real deal on ending the Cuban Missile Crisis and why was Fidel Castro furious?

What did Cubans do to the man who killed Che Guevara?


Which country supports the US embargo of Cuba but lets its own citizens holiday and invest there?

Who thanked Cuba for helping bring about the end of apartheid in South Africa?

How did Cuba dramatically increase its literacy rate in just one year?

Why did Fidel Castro fire his own son?

What is Varadero and why don't Americans know about it?

Americans and all citizens of the world can learn much from what the Cuban people have accomplished. But we can learn only if we are aware of the facts.

This book has them.

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Cuba for the Misinformed: Facts from the Forbidden Island

  1. 1. What have the US government andmass media told you about Cuba?
  2. 2. Evil Dictators!
  3. 3. Terrorists!And even worse...Socialists and Communists!
  4. 4. A highly regimented society!
  5. 5. Downtrodden peasantsforced to work at gunpointin the sugar cane fields!
  6. 6. A country isolated by the rest of the world(4,000,000 passengers a year with flights frommore than 25 international airlines)
  7. 7. Would you like to see some TRUE FACTS about Cuba?
  8. 8. EDUCATIONFree for everyone!Including university forthose who qualify.
  9. 9. HEALTH CAREFree for everyone!Including eye care, dental careand prescriptions. House callsare routine and convenientbecause there is usually a doctorliving in the neighborhood.5.91 physicians per thousandpeople (In the US its 2.3 perthousand)A life expectancy thats higherthan the United States! (79.1versus 78.5)
  10. 10. LITERACYA literacy rate thats evenhigher than the UnitedStates!99.8% versus 98.2%And Cubans achieved thisby teaching each other.
  11. 11. HURRICANESCuba helps people beforehurricanes happen.(Remember New Orleans andHurricane Katrina?)Before hurricanes hit, peopleare transported to shelters –NOT to huge arenas—wherefood, water and medicalsupplies await. Even pets arewelcome, with veterinarianswaiting for them.(Immediately after HurricaneKatrina, Cuba offered 1600fully-equipped medicalpersonnel to help people inNew Orleans. The Bushadministration turned themdown.)
  12. 12. CIGARSIts illegal for an American(or any resident of the US)to smoke a Cuban cigar inMexico.Thats the kind of absurdlaws created by the USgovernment against Cuba(and Americans).Want another crazy law?Cubans are allowed by theCuban government to visitthe US. Americans are notallowed by theirgovernment to visit Cuba.
  13. 13. FREE MEDICAL SCHOOLCubas medical schools even givefree medical training to youngpeople from other countries. Allthey have to do is promise topractice in poor and underservedareas when they return home.And, yes, there are evenAmericans studying there.
  14. 14. You can read all this and muchmore—268 pages, to be exact,in...
  15. 15. Now in paperback and e-bookA lively survey of Cubas pastand present, and a “must-have”companion to any Cuba travelguide“Cuba has the same effect on Americanadministrations that the full moon has onwerewolves.” –– Wayne Smith, former head of US InterestsSection in HavanaFor more than 50 years, the US governmentand mass media have misrepresented, hiddenor ignored the truth about Cuba. In Cuba forthe Misinformed, Mick Winter bringstogether a fascinating array of facts andanecdotes about Cubas history, itsgovernment, its people, and the actions thatthe United States has taken against the well-being of those people.
  16. 16. Discover the answers to these questions and more...Why did Che Guevara thank US PresidentJohn Kennedy for the Bay of Pigs invasion?What was the real deal on ending the CubanMissile Crisis and why was Fidel Castro furious?What did Cubans do to the man who killedChe Guevara?Which country supports the US embargo of Cubabut lets its own citizens holiday and invest there?
  17. 17. ALBERTO KORDAAlberto Korda received nopayment for his iconicphotograph of Che Guevara,which is often consideredthe best-known and mostreproduced photograph inthe world.
  18. 18. FIDEL CASTROFidel Castro led his countrywhile ten US presidentscame and left, startingwith Dwight Eisenhowerand ending when Castroretired during theadministration of GeorgeW. Bush.
  19. 19. GUANTANAMOWhere 729 prisoners ofthe “War on Terrorism”have been held. Somehave been as young asthirteen years of age;most have beendetermined to be guilty ofno crimes, yet are stillbeing held.
  20. 20. More questions that are answered in the book...Who thanked Cuba for helping bring about the endof apartheid in South Africa?How did Cuba dramatically increase its literacy ratein just one year?Why did Fidel Castro fire his own son?What is Varadero and why dont Americansknow about it?
  21. 21. MUSICCuban music is morethan just the BuenaVista Social Club.Cuba has had a hugeinfluence on music, notjust in Latin Americabut around the world,including the UnitedStates.
  22. 22. EMBARGOWhen the US governmentsays the “internationalcommunity” supports itseconomic embargo of Cuba,it means “Israel.”Every year for 21 years anoverwhelming majority ofcountries at the UnitedNations has voted againstthe embargo. In 2012, thevote was 188-3 against theembargo.Only the US, Israel andPalau voted to support it.
  23. 23. VARADEROCanadian and Britishtourists fly directly to theinternational airport atCubas biggest resort.One million visitors a yearenjoy the diving, fishingand 20 kilometers ofwhite, sandy beaches.Few Americans evenknow Varadero exists.
  24. 24. COLORFUL E-BOOKSThe photos inside thepaperback are in black andwhite, but in the e-bookversions youll find many ofthe photographs in FULLCOLOR.
  25. 25. BUY IT NOW! Available at Amazon, iTunes Barnes and Noble, and Vook.Paperback – 268 pages Or buy directly from our websiteE-book in epub, Kindle and www.cubamisinformed.compdf formatsAll books contain 238footnotes or endnotesshowing sources of allfacts, and more than 80Cuba-related websitesISBN 978-0965000-9-6

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