Adrift: The Cuban Raft People

Synopsis

In ADRIFT, Alfredo A. Fernandez recounts the saga of the 1994 refugees, tracing the origin of the crisis to the pervasive turmoil produced in Cuba by the 1989-1991 collapse of the USSR and the resulting cut-off of Soviet economic subsidies. During this period, U. S. immigration policy flip-flopped, making the journey to American life for Cubans ever more precarious. In tracking 1994's crisis through ensuing years of global political fallout, Fernandez presents a compelling international gallery of heroes, rogues, survivors, diplomats, and traitors.