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. Accompanied by his wife, Margaret, and baby Michel, Trudeau was greeted in Havana by 250,000 cheering Cubans and a 30-foot poster of himself. “Long live Prime Minister Fidel Castro!” Trudeau would famously shout at the love-in.
In this fascinating portrait of an unusual relationship between two enigmatic world leaders, author and historian Robert Wright brings to life three days of Canadian politics played out on the international stage. 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.
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
Robert Wright Two-Book Bundle
Three Nights in Havana and Our Man in Tehran
Our Man In Tehran
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