Eagerly awaited by scholars of Cuban foreign policy, African politics, and US-Cuban relations, the second volume of Piero Gleijeses's study of Cuba's engagement in Africa during the Cold War does not disappoint. While not quite a tour de force, Visions of Freedom provides the most thoroughly researched and detailed account of the conflicts in southern Africa during a critical 15-year period that led to relatively stable postcolonial regimes and an end to apartheid.

Gleijeses gained unprecedented access to Cuban military, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Communist Party Central Committee archives, which yielded 15,000 pages of documents. He also scoured available archival sources in the United States, Angola, South Africa, Zambia, Britain, Germany, France, and Italy. As he notes throughout the book, he cross-checked many documents during his more than 150 interviews with key actors in the relevant countries, at times to appreciate...

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