Fernando Morais’ story of the Cuban Five - Toledo Translation Fund
Global bestselling journalist and biographer Fernando Morais' story of the Cuban Five, the Cuban government-backed wasp network sent to infiltrate the anti-Castro groups in Florida. It is contracted to be published by Verso Books, but we need your help!
Through the 1980s and 1990s, violent anti-Castro groups based in Florida carried out hundreds of military attacks on Cuba, bombing hotels, dusting Cuban crops with insects, and opening fire with machine guns on Cuban beaches. They flew old American war planes into the Caribbean island’s airspace and interfered with Havana Airport’s air traffic control. Havana made dozens of official complaints to Washington, but successive American administrations have lent tacit support to the anti-Castro groups.
The Cuban government struck back with the Wasp Network—a group of a dozen men and two women—sent to infiltrate the Florida organizations. The Last Soldiers of the Cold War tells the story of these unlikely spies, who left home with no explanation to their families, and their eventual unmasking and prosecution by US authorities. Five of the Cubans continue to language in US prisons, after many years.
Global bestselling Brazilian journalist and biographer Fernando Morais tells the story of the Cuban Five in vivid, novelistic, page-turning prose, but he also delves probingly into the decades-long conflict between Cuba and the U.S., the growth of the powerful Cuban exile community in Florida, and what he calls the travesty of justice that resulted in long or life terms for the Cubans on wrongful charges of espionage and murder. Based on years of research and including exclusive interviews conducted in Cuba with members of the Wasp Network and their families, The Last Soldiers of the Cold Waris both a real-life spy thriller and a searching examination of continuing Cold War policy.
We are now raising the funds to translate The Last Soldiers of the Cold War into English, and need to raise $12,500. All donations over $100 will receive a free copy of the book. Donations over $250 will get you two copies of the book, plus a $50 voucher for the Verso website (where you can purchase other books); $500 will get you four copies of the book, plus $100 on the website. If you’re able to donate $500 or more we’ll also thank you on a donors page for the project, and donations of $1,000 or more will also be acknowledged in the book.