North of Havana: The Untold Story of Dirty Politics, Secret Diplomacy, and the Trial of the Cuban Five
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About the Author
Martin Garbus is one of America's top trial lawyers. An expert at every level of civil and criminal trial, and litigation, he has appeared before the United States Supreme Court in leading First Amendment cases. He is the author of Tough Talk: How I Fought for Writers, Comics, Bigots, and the American Way. Garbus lives in New York City.
"Dramatic history and memoir. . . . This fearless and essential contribution to understanding relations between Cuba and the U.S. will enlighten readers."
"A quick and vivid read, brimming with political intrigue and lessons about what can happen when law and public opinion are used for political ends."
"In this quick and impactful read, Garbus tells the story of [the Cuban Five's] odyssey through the U.S. legal system. . . . A lively narrator, Garbus provides explanations of dense legal procedure and precedent that are thoroughly documented yet easily digestible as he fleshes out all the players, exiles and spies alike, to achieve three-dimensional humanity." --Booklist
"[Garbus's] impassioned book is both an indictment of the legal system and a plea for prison reform. A harrowing chronicle of a fight for justice."
--Kirkus Reviews "Martin Garbus is not only a First Amendment champion but a natural storyteller. This is a remarkable, Kafkaesque tale of a veteran lawyer's efforts to win freedom for his Cuban spy client, who is serving two life sentences for a murder he did not commit. Suspenseful and moving and infuriating. " --Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Judgment
"Martin Garbus's natural habitat has always been the courtroom. But this riveting story of one of Garbus's most difficult cases--his effort to free a Cuban spy serving two life sentences for murder--takes places far from the court room as we follow one of America's great legal minds trying to piece together evidence to show that his client was the victim of a political show trial. Garbus's powerful and poignant story of political demagoguery and media manipulation in southern Florida is a masterly portrait of the strengths and weakness of the American legal system." --Gay Talese
"This book reminds us why the world needs courageous lawyers who will challenge state abuse and fight for justice. Martin Garbus represents the best of the legal profession--brilliant and scholarly, principled and fearless, his fight for his clients is always his highest priority. An inspirational account." --Baroness Helena Kennedy QC
"Marty Garbus, one of the nation's greatest trial lawyers, tells the tale of one of America's greatest show trials, of the Cuban Five--and of his efforts to achieve justice in a case thoroughly corrupted by politics and international intrigue." --David Cole, national legal director, ACLU, and author of Engines of Liberty: How Citizen Movements Succeed
"Shines a light on the seamy interaction between American politicians, the Cuban government, and hard-line Cuban emigrés in Florida." --Burt Neuborne, Norman Dorsen Professor of Civil Liberties and founding legal director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School
"A revealing tale of politicized 'justice, ' inhuman prisons and backdoor diplomacy. A fascinating read which is key for understanding U.S. relations with Cuba from Clinton to Trump." --Peter Winn, Tufts University, author of Americas: The Changing Face of Latin America and the Caribbean
"This haunting story of Cuba-U.S. relationships takes us into the deepest parts of today's American security system and exposes our pseudo-legal judicial process. Today, more than ever, every American must hear what Martin Garbus says." --Charles Nesson, William F. Weld Professor of Law at Harvard Law School