Havana-Merida-Chicago (A journey to freedom)

 
9781583966792: Havana-Merida-Chicago (A journey to freedom)

This book is a self-analysis of my life. It represents three milestones on my way to freedom. From the city where I was born and spent approximately fifty-two years of my life (with stays in Great Britain and Ukraine), to the city where I actualized myself from religious, human and scientific standpoints during three unforgettable years, and finally to the city where I could finallly be free.

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Professor of Economics at DePaul University, Chicago Doctor in Economic Sciences, The Institute of Economics, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Kiev, Ukraine (1990). Ph.D. in Economics, same as above Master of Science in Operations Research, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland Bachelor of Science in Economics, University of Havana, Cuba Publication of seven books in Cuba, Mexico and the U.S. Publication of 145 papers in economic journals of Cuba, Ukraine, Mexico and the United States Receiver of awards for outstanding pedagogic and research scholarship by the Mexican Institute for Research, the Cuban Academy of Science, the Ministry of Higher Education in Cuba, and the University of Havana

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Dr. Antonio Morales lives and works in Chicago. Having grown up in Cuba, he was a product of the Revolution. He has written an important book about his life in Cuba, why he became disenchanted with his lot over there, and why he decided to come to the United States. More than anything, Antonio Morales is driven by his quest to make things better for the human condition. He wants to solve urgent problems. He seeks to improve the quality of his life but only in harmony with collective efforts that benefit the plight of the poor. That was what made the Revolution so seductive and attractive and the dictatorial, micro-management so repelling and repulsive. In spite of the familiar theme, his is not a typical story. It is a story that is worth reading and, more importantly, one that is worth sharing. Educators will find multiple pedagogically sound reasons for using the exciting story of this immigrant as a resource in their classrooms. Morales memoir will resonate well with students interested in current events that are shared with passion, eloquence and conviction in the search for truth. Readers will marvel at how the author used his wit to negotiate his way from his beloved Cuba to Mexico and finally to Chicago in his quest for freedom! It is a significant but sad reality that Latinos are absent from the historical narratives taught to millions of students in our schools. There is compelling evidence of a serious information gap in the public educational systems of our society. There is a need for literature that traces the experience of the diverse groups under the Latino/Hispanic label. The good news is that Dr. Antonio Morales has written a book that helps to close that gap. Habana-Merida-Chicago inspires hope and courage, while it informs us of the unique situations and conditions by which immigrants have come to this country. Students of history need to become familiar with Antonio Morales s Cuba. His book is worth reading. It can serve as a te --Dr. Samuel Betances, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Northeastern Illinois University and Senior Consultant in Diversity Issues

This is a fascinating, compelling, fast-paced autobiography. It tells the poignant story of a prominent Cuban economist s intellectual, emotional, and physical journey from the tyranny of Castro s Cuba to Mexico and then the United States. But the book is more than just a personal story: It is a metaphor for the power of freedom and the human spirit that eventually brings demise to repressive rule. --Stanley L. Brue, Professor of Economics, Pacific Lutheran University, co-author of the book Economics the most widely used textbook of introductory economics in the U.S. (approximately 25% of the market share).

This is a fascinating story where intense passions are intertwined, such as frustration, deception, love, fear, survival and hope. The book reflects these feelings in an impeccable and original way. --La Raza weekly newspaper, August 13, page 12. (the largest paper in Spanish circulating in Chicago and its suburbs)

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