The Last Soldiers of the Cold War: The Story of the Cuban Five
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Here is the story of political prisoners finally freed in December 2014, after being held captive by the United States since the late 1990s.
Through the 1980s and 1990s, violent anti-Castro groups based in Florida carried out hundreds of military attacks on Cuba, bombing hotels and shooting up Cuban beaches with machine guns. The Cuban government struck back with the Wasp Network—a dozen men and two women—sent to infiltrate those organizations.
The Last Soldiers of the Cold War tells the story of those unlikely Cuban spies and their eventual unmasking and prosecution by US authorities. Five of the Cubans received long or life prison terms on charges of espionage and murder. Global best-selling Brazilian author Fernando Morais narrates the riveting tale of the Cuban Five in vivid, page-turning detail, delving into the decades-long conflict between Cuba and the US, the growth of the powerful Cuban exile community in Florida, and a trial that eight Nobel Prize winners condemned as a travesty of justice.
The Last Soldiers of the Cold War is both a real-life spy thriller and a searching examination of the Cold War’s legacy.
population”—of every ten inhabitants, six had been born in another country. Among the rights that the Cubans acquired upon setting foot on American soil was that of voting and of being voted for, which gradually came to confer a respectable political and electoral importance to the community. And in the complicated American electoral system, Florida’s Electoral College constituted a keystone for reaching the presidency, whether the candidate were a Democrat or a Republican. The tens of thousands
stations quite casually preached crime. It was common, when harvest time came along in Cuba, to hear the journalist Enrique Encinosa, announcer on Voz de la Resistencia, urge the population to boycott the sugar industry: The sugar cane harvest is about to begin. This year’s crop must be destroyed. In the past, Castro promised ten million tons. Now, ten million acts of sabotage are necessary. People of Cuba: we call on each one of you to destroy the grinding machines in the sugar factories. Drop
passengers, and led to a separate counter. Everything pointed to his having been chosen in a random selection, but the official who dealt with him seemed particularly grumpy as he asked to see his documents. As on previous trips, Giro was carrying only his driving license and a copy of his birth certificate. In line with an agreement then in force between the United States and its neighbors Mexico and Canada, the two documents were enough for American citizens to travel to these countries without
teaching a literary workshop at Princeton University. And he confided that he had asked Bill Richardson, Madeleine Albright’s successor as head of the American mission at the UN, to arrange a private meeting for him with Bill Clinton. His intention was to talk with the president about the situation in Colombia, beset at that time by two great problems, the drug trade and the growth of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). In Havana, a plan was hatched for Gabo to bear a personal
Manuel Viramóntez?” She said she didn’t, that she had never heard the name before. “I don’t mean to scare you, but a journalist told me that René is involved with a Puerto Rican spy called Manuel Viramóntez.” Under the pretext of securing a good place, Olga excused herself and sat next to Irmita in the front row. As they waited for the judge to arrive, four enormous men in gray trousers, ties and navy-blue blazers showing the “US Marshal” badge roamed around the room, ensuring adherence to the