In Three Nights in Havana and Our Man in Tehran, author and historian Robert Wright brings to life two key events that shaped Canada’s diplomatic psyche and forever changed how Canada was viewed by the rest of the world.
On January 26, 1976, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau became the first leader of a NATO country to visit Cuba since the crippling 1960 American economic embargo. Three Nights in Havana is a fascinating portrait of an unusual relationship between two enigmatic world leaders, Pierre Trudeau and Fidel Castro. In a revealing look at both leaders’ personalities and political ideologies, Wright shows how these two towering figures—despite their official positions as allies of rival empires—determinedly refused to exist merely as handmaidens to the United States and forged a long-lasting relationship.
The world watched with fear in November 1979 when Iranian students infiltrated and occupied the American embassy in Tehran. As the city exploded in a fury of revolution, few knew about the six American embassy staff who had escaped into hiding. In Our Man in Tehran, Robert Wright tells the story behind a major historical flashpoint, a story of cloak-and-dagger intrigue, the stuff of John le Carré and Frederick Forsyth made real.
About the author
Robert Wright, Ph.D., is a professor of history at Trent University, specializing in foreign policy. He is the author of the national bestseller Three Nights In Havana, which won the 2008 Canadian Authors’ Association’s Lela Common Award for Canadian History and is currently being made into a feature documentary. He resides in Toronto with his wife and children. Visit him at http://www.robertwright.ca/.
Other titles by Robert Wright
The Rise to Power of Pierre Elliott Trudeau
The Night Canada Stood Still
Our Man In Tehran
Three Nights In Havana
Pierre Trudeau, Fidel Castro, and the Cold War World
Our Place in the Sun
Canada and Cuba in the Castro Era
The River of History
Trans-national and Trans-disciplinary Perspectives on the Immanence of the Past
Nationalism, Culture, and the Canadian Question
Hip and Trivial
Youth Culture, Book Publishing, and the Greying of Canadian Nationalism
Economics, Enlightenment, and Canadian Nationalism
A World Mission
Canadian Protestantism and the Quest for a New International Order, 1918-1939