Samuel Farber was born and raised in Marianao, Cuba. He obtained a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 1961, an M. Sc. (Econ) in Political Sociology from The London School of Economics (University of London) in 1963 and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1969. He is currently a Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College and also teaches Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He has published numerous articles on a variety of topics including Cuba and is the author of three books: Revolution and Reaction in Cuba. 1933-1960. A Political Sociology from Machado to Castro (Wesleyan University Press, 1976); Before Stalinism. The Rise and Decline of Soviet Democracy (Polity Press/Basil Blackwell [U.K.] and Verso [USA],1990); and Social Decay and Transformation. A View From the Left (Lexington Books, 2000).