Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959
A Critical Assessment
Uncritically lauded by the left and impulsively denounced by the right, the Cuban Revolution is almost universally viewed one dimensionally. Farber, one of its most informed left-wing critics, provides a much-needed critical assessment of the revolution’s impact and legacy.
"THE Cuban story twists and turns as we speak, so thank goodness for scholars such as Samuel Farber, an unapologetic Marxist whose knowledge of Cuban affairs is unrivalled … In this excellent, necessary book, Farber takes stock of 50 years of revolutionary control by recognising achievements but lambasting authoritarianism."
—Latin American Review of Books
“For some left-socialists like Farber, no society seems to have measured up since the Paris Commune of 1871. But patient readers will be rewarded by his frequent insights, stimulating historical comparisons, and command of the data relating to Cuba’s economic and social performance.”
"Though countless analyses evaluate just how thoroughly the revolution has transformed Cuba over the past 50 years, few rival Samuel Farber’s work Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959: A Critical Assessment"
—Rebecca Whedon, Foreign Policy in Focus
"I believe this book is destined to become a classic."
—Alejandro Anreus, Z Mag
“A courageous and formidable balance-sheet of the Cuban Revolution, including a sobering analysis of a draconian ‘reform’ program that will only deepen the gulf between revolutionary slogans and the actual life of the people.”
—Mike Davis professor, University of California, Riverside; author, Planet of Slums and In Praise of Barbarians
“[O]pposed as much to neoliberal thought as to the perversions of Stalinist and postmodern communist statism, Farber sets out to critically explore the course followed by the society, government, and
power structures that emerged from the Cuban Revolution of 1959. . . . A necessary and suggestive
reading for all of those concerned with Cuba’s future and with the threat posed by the imperial
power over the entire Caribbean region.”
—Adolfo Gilly, emeritus professor of history, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
“This important, very well-written, and quite interesting book, evaluates the fifty-two years of the Cuban Revolution under a classical Marxist (pre-Stalinist) viewpoint. . . . [Farber] evaluates, with surprising insights, Cuba’s performance on national sovereignty, political democracy, economic growth, social welfare, race, gender, and the stand of domestic and external dissidents and critics. . . . Expect a
strong reaction both from the right and the left. Don’t miss it!”
—Carmelo Mesa-Lago, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics and Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh
“Farber’s comprehensive and well-written assessment of Cuba’s experience since 1959 is rooted in
history, informed by the comparative sociology of communist regimes, and rich in insightful and
—Jorge I. Domínguez, professor of Mexican and Latin American politics and economics, Harvard University
“While acknowledging achievements of the revolutionary process in education and health, and defending Cuban sovereignty against imperial intervention, Farber shatters many of the idyllic myths
propagated by left-wing apologists for the regime’s authoritarianism. . . . A revolutionary democratic
alternative, Farber shows, will only be possible through socialist resistance from below.”
—Jeffery R. Webber, author, From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia: Class Struggle, Indigenous Liberation, and the Politics of Evo Morales
“Samuel Farber is an excellent teacher … I found myself ending the book humbly grateful to the author for so many things, including hi