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Alex von Tunzelmann is the author of Indian Summer. She was educated at Oxford and lives in London.

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Alex von Tunzelmann is the author of Indian Summer. She was educated at Oxford and lives in London.


Following on the success of her Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of An Empire, British author von Tunzelmann captures like no other the volatile Caribbean island nations of Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba during the Cold War. Although some may challenge her bold assertions (e.g., President Kennedy's heavy drug dependence at the 1961 Vienna summit with Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev), few will argue with her vivid depictions of the triad of Caribbean strongmen-FranAois Duvalier, Rafael Trujillo, and Fidel Castro-and leaders of the Kennedy administration's anti-Communist brain trust. Her documenting of the Cuban Missile Crisis alone is worth the price of admission. All three nations, whose powerful leaders were the focus of obsessive assassination plotting during the Cold War, each was the subject of U.S. military interference in the early 20th century. The author accurately concludes that these Caribbean "wars" were the prolog to American interventions worldwide, from Vietnam to Iraq, machinations that would alter the course of world history. Verdict Von Tunzelmann's lively text and engaging style make her book suitable for all readers, scholars included. Highly recommended for all.-Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Libs., AL (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

'Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion, Tunzelmann's much-praised book takes readers on a whistle-stop tour of America's relations with its Caribbean neighbours during the Cold War' Independent 19/4 'The agonies the US choices inflicted make for painful reading but Von Tunzelmann's book cracks along at a sometimes blurry pace, highlighting tragicomic anecdotes. This is an impressive attempt to capture the tumultuous events that shook the post-war Caribbean and has left it reeling' Siobhan Murphy, Metro 13/4 'Von Tunzelmann writes with the same verve and range of material she deployed in Indian Summer, a praised treatment of the end of the British Empire' John Paul Rathbone, FT 30/4

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