A relentless investigator of history . . . Torres is determined to unravel the mysteries of the transport of over 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban children to the United States.” Liz Balmaseda, The Miami Herald
From 1960 to 1962, in a program partially financed by the U.S. government, 14,048 Cuban minors arrived in Miami, sent to America by parents terrified that the new communist government would ship their children to Soviet work camps. María de los Angeles Torres was six years old when she took part in this massive airlift, now known as Operation Pedro Pan.”
Examining the event from both a historical and a deeply personal perspective, Torres focuses on the plight of the refugee children, broaching a larger discussion of how nations imagine their future through their progeny. With astonishing tenacity, Torres scoured hundreds of documents from Cuba and the United States, and even sued the CIA under the Freedom of Information Actforcing declassification of key documents.
The Lost Apple challenges America to finally come to terms with this pivotal yet largely neglected exodus.
A frequent media commentator on Cuban-U.S. relations, María de los Angeles Torres is associate professor of political science at DePaul University and author of several books, including In the Land of Mirrors: Cuban Exile Politics in the United States. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.
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Published August 1, 2003
by Beacon Press.
History, Political & Social Sciences, Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books.