This inquiry has been a journey. For de cades I witnessed the Cuban
Revolution’s extraordinary internationalism, so familiar it seemed
hardly out of the ordinary. When I lived in the country it was a daily
presence in the moral stance of individuals as well as on the part
of the population as a whole. After I left, its profile began to stand out
against an increasingly mean- spirited backdrop of global greed, vio-
lence, and plunder. Why was no one writing about the phenomenon?
When I deci ded to do so, many friends and others offered their
ideas, experiences, questions, and support. My beloved life partner,
Barbara Byers, made room for the new inhabitant in our lives and
helped make my work pos si ble with her clarity and feedback. Gisela
Fosado, my editor at Duke University Press, was an inspiration: en-
thusiastic, critical, and as encouraging as she has been with the ear-
lier books we’ve done together; her assistant, Lydia Rose Rappoport-
Hankins, was knowledgeable and helpful. As always, Duke assigned
a patient and capable production editor to the proj ect; thank you,
Liz Smith. The two anonymous reviewers who read my original pro-
posal offered suggestions that encouraged me to ask the hard ques-
tions, and I am grateful to them as well.
My profound gratitude also goes to the numerous people, inside
and outside Cuba, who contributed in one way or another. Anya
Achtenberg read an early draft, challenged me on a number of impor-
tant points, and made suggestions that enormously enriched the
final manuscript. John Randall read a draft and gave me valuable
feedback. My son, Gregory Randall, read the manuscript while we
were vacationing together in Uruguay. He and I have shared our
thoughts on Cuba and the state of our world for many years, and his
input this time around was especially meaningful. Nancy Alonso,
Arturo Arango, Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, Luisa Campuzano, Norberto
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