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Three Nights In Havana

Pierre Trudeau, Fidel Castro, and the Cold War World

by (author) Robert Wright

Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Initial publish date
Jun 2010
Category
World
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554689316
    Publish Date
    Jun 2010
    List Price
    $11.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780002158008
    Publish Date
    Feb 2008
    List Price
    $19.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780002006262
    Publish Date
    Feb 2007
    List Price
    $34.95

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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/.

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