PSU Professor Emeritus Manuel Marquez-Sterling was Witness to History

November 2nd, 2009 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — PSU Professor of History Emeritus Manuel Marquez-Sterling was a witness to history in the seven critical years 1952-1959, when the struggle for Cuba was not just between Fulgencio Batista and Fidel Castro, but also a third force that advocated for a peaceful, democratic resolution.

Elections were held on November 3, 1958 and Dr. Sterling’s father, Carlos Marquez-Sterling, was a candidate for President. His father was expected to win by a landslide vote, but there was rampant electoral fraud, due to Batista and the Army. Six weeks after the election, Batista fled Cuba and Castro’s revolution took over the country.

Marquez-Sterling has documented the period in a new book, Cuba 1952-1959: The True Story of Castro’s Rise to Power. He says his book destroys many myths about Cuba and shows that it was a prosperous and progressive country, and in the fast lane to become a first-world country with a large middle class, a fine educational system open to all classes, and with high standards of living.

A public book talk and signing will take place at the Lamson Library and Learning Commons at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3. Copies of Dr. Sterling’s book will be available for purchase.

For information about the reading contact Anne Lebreche at Lamson Library and Learning Commons via e-mail to

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