Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) _ One of the first books in nearly three decades that dares to explore the Cuban Revolution from its origins through Raul Castro’s government is hitting bookshelves in time for Hispanic Heritage month.

“Revolutionary Cuba” by University of Central Florida Professor Luis Martinez-Fernandez starts with Fulgencio Batista’s 1952 coup and takes readers through more than 60 years of historical twists and turns.

Martinez-Fernandez will present the book in the heart of Florida’s Cuban exile community Nov. 6 in an event co-hosted by the University of Miami and Florida International University at Books & Books in Coral Gables.

Martinez-Fernandez says his work is a quest to understand the past and the unfolding drama of his beloved homeland and people.

He published the book this month through the University Press of Florida.