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The Closest of Enemies: A Personal and Diplomatic History of the Castro Years
The Closest of Enemies: A Personal and Diplomatic History of the Castro Years
By Wayne S. Smith
Norton, 1987, 308 pp
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The U.S. diplomat most closely involved in the daily implementation of Cuban policy until his disillusioned resignation in 1982, Smith presents his critique of that policy as it has developed since 1960. Arguing for pragmatism and a modus vivendi, he concedes that an early accommodation was probably impossible and that "even today, conflicting world views make for an adversarial relationship"; but he believes that a significant improvement in relations has been attainable for some time and should be pursued. The book is notable for the first-hand intimacy of the narrative, and for the author's extension of its themes to other U.S.-Third World relationships.