Gr 6-9-Sherrow gives a brief overview of the country's history and struggle for independence, followed by a discussion of Fidel Castro's leadership, loss of support after the fall of the Soviet Union, industries, and the current economic situation. A chapter is devoted to the intricacies of the political system and the human-rights issues that are continually being challenged. The educational and health-care systems, as well as the lifestyle of the people, are addressed, including the important roles that music, dance, literature, and sports play in Cuban culture. One chapter concerns international relations and emigration, most notably the situation involving Elian Gonzalez. Disappointingly, only a handful of black-and-white photos appear and not a single map is included. However, the book is well researched and carefully organized. It should be a useful addition to libraries, along with existing titles such as Marion Morrison's Cuba (Children's, 1999).-Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.