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After Fidel: The Inside Story of Castro's 40 Year Regime and Cuba's Next Leader
Brian Latell
1403969434
October 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
As Fidel Castro continues to show signs of his own mortality, questions about Cuba's future-and America's role in that future-naturally arise. As a longtime Cuba analyst for the CIA, Latell is in a unique position to offer insights into the psyche of Fidel's unquestioned successor: his enigmatic, underestimated brother, Raul, the world's longest-serving defense minister who has always stayed in the shadows, among his own countrymen and in the press. Even in their student days in Havana, Raul failed to impress as Fidel did: "The Jesuits found Raul apathetic and disinterested. After Fidel's intensity and promise, he was a great disappointment ... Lacking in confidence and fearing he could not match his brother's accomplishments, he did not even try." But just because Raul has allowed himself to be a cipher doesn't...


Waiting for Snow in Havana
Carlos Eire
0743246411
Jan 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
"Metaphors matter to me, especially perfect ones," Yale historian Eire writes in this beautifully fashioned memoir, as he recounts one of many wonderfully vibrant stories from his boyhood in 1950s Havana. As imaginatively wrought as the finest piece of fiction, the book abounds with magical interpretations of ordinary boyhood events-playing in a friend's backyard is like a perilous journey through the jungle; setting off firecrackers becomes a lyrical, cosmic opera; a child's birthday party turns into a phantasmagoria of American pop cultural icons. Taking his cue from his father, a man with "a very fertile, nearly inexhaustible imagination, totally dedicated to inventing past lives," Eire looks beyond the literal to see the mythological themes inherent in the epic struggle for identity that each of our lives...


The Last Playboy
Shawn Levy
0007170599
Sept 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Even readers who find the idea of a "playboy" somewhat questionable won't be able to put down Levy's biography of Porfirio Rubirosa (1909– 1965). For one thing, there's delicious gossip: the women he courted (Eartha Kitt, Zsa Zsa Gabor), the men he prowled with (Prince Aly Khan, Sinatra, the Kennedys) and the fabulously wealthy women he married (Barbara Hutton, Doris Duke). There's also the story of his infamous penis—Doris Duke described it as "six inches in circumference... much like the last foot of a Louisville Slugger baseball bat with the consistency of a not completely inflated volleyball." Plus, there's sports-car racing, polo ponies and nonstop nightclubbing. But Levy, film critic for the Portland Oregonian, goes beyond the glitz to see Rubirosa as a product of a particular time and place:...


Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny
Mark Kurlansky
0201622319
January 2000
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From Library Journal
Journalist Kurlansky has packed a lot of information in a relatively slim book. Readers who are familiar with one but not all of the Caribbean nations covered will find no errors in his facts and learn a great deal. He has designed his book's format to cover cultural topics, comparing and contrasting countries rather than plodding from country to country. He discusses various topics: AIDS; the 500th anniversary of Columbus's landing; the African roots of voodoo, arara, santeria, and shango; and the status of women. The bibliography is well planned with a wide selection of fiction and nonfiction titles. Highly recommended for all col P.L. System, Fla.Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Man Who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba, and Herbert L. Matthews of The New York Times
Anthony DePalma
1586483323
March 2006
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From Booklist
In 1957, Herbert L. Matthews, a veteran foreign correspondent for the New York Times, trekked into the rugged Sierra Maestre in southeastern Cuba. There he interviewed a young lawyer, Fidel Castro, who had landed in Cuba several months earlier with the intention of waging guerrilla warfare to overthrow the Batista regime. Cuban government officials had claimed that Castro was dead and that the rebels had been obliterated. But Matthews' interview confirmed that Castro and his movement survived. Furthermore, Matthews conveyed Castro's plans for a democratic, non-Communist revolution, which earned him the sympathy of many Americans from both political parties. When Castro's revolution quickly turned hard left, Matthews was condemned as either an apologist for Castro or a naive dupe who had served the interests of...


The Immaculate Invasion
Bob Shacochis
1402896921

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Cuba and Its Music
Ned Sublette
1556525168
May 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
As the cofounder of the important Cuban music label Qbadisc and coproducer of public radio's Afropop Worldwide, Sublette is a well-known figure among elite mambo aficionados. Still, the sheer size and historical precision that makes this volume essential is a bit surprising coming from this proud nonacademic. The first two chapters, for instance, offer a fascinating narrative that explains the complex formulation of Iberian culture, beginning with the appearance of Phoenician traders in what is now the southern Spanish city of Cádiz in 1104 B.C. When the Cuban story finally kicks in with chapter five, Sublette makes the most of his prehistory to create a visceral and astute vision of the island as incubator of musical revolution. Most of the story has been told before, but rarely in such painstaking...


A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies
Bartolome de Las Casas
0140445625
November 1992
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Notes from the Last Testament
Michael Deibert
1583226974
Oct 2005
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The Miami Herald, November 25, 2005
A powerfully documented exposé.

The San Antonio Express-News, February 19, 2006
A compelling mix of reportage, memoir, social criticism...Deibert masterfully recounts...wild swings in the republic's political compass.

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Panama Canal by Cruise Ship: The Complete Guide to Cruising the Panama Canal
Anne Vipond
0968838960
October 2004
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Chicago Tribune
" Anne Vipond goes beyond the standard cruise-guide fodder of ship and port descriptions. It's a comprehensive work."

Travel Trade
"Covers the destinations with solid detail and from the cruiser's perspective."

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Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola
Michele Wucker
0809097133
April 2000
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Book Review
The Caribbean island of Hispaniola is home to historic, ongoing strife between two countries deeply divided by race, language, and history yet forced constantly into confrontation by their shared geography. In her first book, American journalist Michele Wucker reports from both Haiti and the Dominican Republic on the complex relations between these two cultures and sheds light on the sources of their struggles both in their island home and in the United States.

This book is charged from the start with the violence and posturing of blood sport, as Wucker observes her first Haitian cockfight: "The air cracks with the impact of stiffened feathers as each bird tries to push the other to the ground. Around the ring, the Haitian men shout to one another and wave dirty wads of gourdes in the air, seeking bets.... Soon, the...



Capitalism, God and a Good Cigar
Lydia Chavez
0822334941
June 2005
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Library Journal
"Without question, this is the most revealing book available on Cuba today. . . . Highly recommended." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review
Without question, this is the most revealing book available on Cuba today. . . . Covering every aspect of Cubanlife, from capitalism to literature to contemporary hip-hop culture, these vivid essays bring Cuban society into focus. . . . Highly recommended for academic and larger public libraries."
--Library Journal
"[For] people who want to see today's Cuba, vicariously and legally. . . . One cannot help but be inspired."
--Jerry V. Haines, The Washington Post

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A Travel Guide to the Jewish Caribbean and South America
Ben G. Frank
1589800788
Feb 2005
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Gabriel Levenson, travel editor New York Jewish Week
"Ben Frank completely describes the Jewish presence and history south of the Rio Grande from Mexico, through Central America..."

Jewish World
"This volume and his other travel guides are perfect for the arm-chair traveler."

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Uses of Haiti
Paul Farmer
1567513441
December 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
In this impassioned, sometimes unwieldly, synthesis of history and report, Harvard-based Farmer, who alternates research with medical practice in rural Haiti, offers an indictment of American policy. He traces Haiti's long standing injustice from the sufferings of the 18th century slave economy, and the post-revolution establishment of a still-persistent feudal economy to the U.S. Marine invasion in 1915 and our subsequent support, based on business interests and anticommunism, for tyrants like Papa Doc Duvalier. The democratically elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide was deposed in a 1991 coup shortly after he began to redress Haiti's ugly inequalities; Farmer (AIDS and Accusation) notes how media reports meshed with the Bush administration's line, and criticizes the Clinton administration's inaction....


Che's Chevrolet, Fidel's Oldsmobile
Richard Schweid
0807828920
Sept 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Schweid, who worked on the Oscar-nominated documentary Balseros, about Cuban refugees, continues to demonstrate his keen understanding of Cuban culture with this unusual book. He uses the American car industry as a theme to dramatize Fulgencio Batista's and Castro's Cuba. He places heroes of the Cuban revolution into two categories: flesh and blood patriots, like Camilo Cienfuegos and Abel Santamaria, and unsung North American heroes such as Ford, Chevrolet, Studebaker, Chrysler and others that carry the loads and transport the people. Schweid explains that Cubans adore and depend on American cars, and when Castro's restrictions made these vehicles unavailable, Cubans made them last indefinitely by repeatedly fixing them, despite their resemblance to aging citizens with "liver spots of discolored paint, an...


Madame Dread: A Tale of Love, Voodoo and Civil Strife in Haiti
Kathie Klarreich
1560257806
September 2005
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Book Description
Civil violence mass slaughter, coups, and U.S. intervention: Kathie Klarriech saw all this up close and on a daily basis as a reporter in Haiti. Often risking life and limb, mistaken for a CIA agent, losing a man she loved to an assassin’s bullet – she tenaciously soldiered on, establishing credentials and contacts, and developed an unsparing eye that led major news organizations such as the New York Times, NBC, CNN, PBS, Time and NPR to count on her expertise throughout Haiti’s turbulent years. This compelling memoir interweaves shattering political events with an intensely personal narrative about the Haitian musician she eventually marries (and has a child with) who turns out to be as riveting and complicated as the political events she covered.

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Bay of Pigs
Victor Andres Triay
0813020905
May 2001
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Book Description
This is the story of the Bay of Pigs invasion, told for the first time in the words of the idealistic participants who came together in April, 1961, to overthrow Fidel Castro's dictatorship. Most of the approximately 1,500 men of Brigade 2506 were captured by Castro's forces in Cuban swamps and jailed until December 1962. About 114 died. Combining oral history and traditional narrative form, Victor Triay tells us who individual members of the brigade were and what they fought for.


Brief History of the Caribbean: From the Arawak and Carib to the Present
Jan Rogozinski
0452281938
September 2000
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From Library Journal
Offered as a brief history of a diverse and intriguing region, this work is a veritable sourcebook of information about the Caribbean, ranging from the climate to vegetation to colonial history to politics. The book, in five parts, covers Spanish rule, the northern European influence, the sugar empire, independence, and post-World War I development. Textual clarity, access to straightforward tables covering primarily demographic information, and various statistics will prove useful to the reader looking for a ready reference source. The author delivers on his claim to provide analysis as well as description, and the general reader will find many interesting interpretations and much data. Highly recommended for all libraries.- Roderic A. Camp, Latin American Ctr., Tulane Univ., New Orleans, La.Copyright 1992 Reed...

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