Cuban Revelations

Behind the Scenes in Havana

Author: Marc Frank

Publisher: Contemporary Cuba (Hardcover)

ISBN: 9780813044651

Category: History

Page: 325

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"A vivid, engaging exploration of Cuban politics, culture and economic life."--America "Considerably deeper than much of the work on the subject. It takes on the challenge of describing what's in a black box with energy and candor."--VisitCuba.com "The most informative, accurate, insightful, detailed account available on twenty-first century Cuba."--HavanaTimes.org "Marc Frank is the best foreign journalist reporting from Cuba today. We now have a behind-the-scenes look at the changes large and small taking place as the Cuban revolution molts from Fidel to Ra�l to the next generation."--Julia Sweig, author of Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know "A must-read book to grasp what has been happening in Cuba over the past ten years."--Wayne Smith, director of the Cuba Project, Center for International Policy "Frank enriches his fascinating reportage with his unparalleled access to expressive Cubans from all walks of life."--Richard Feinberg, University of California, San Diego "With a sharp eye for human detail and a clear understanding of what makes Cuba tick, Frank's narrative bears eloquent, balanced, and always sensitive witness to the troubled trajectory of Cuba from the 'dark days' of the 1990s economic collapse through to the challenging changes under Ra�l. It genuinely gets 'inside' the otherwise confusing system and society, and is all the more welcome for that."--Antoni Kapcia, coeditor of The Changing Dynamic of Cuban Civil Society "Gripping and insightful. It is rare indeed to find reporting as authoritative and well sourced as this about what remains an impenetrable and opaque regime."--Michael Reid, author of Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America's Soul As a U.S.-born journalist who has called Havana home for almost a quarter century, Mark Frank has observed in person the best days of the revolution, the fall of the Soviet bloc, the great depression of the 1990s, the stepping aside of Fidel Castro, and the reforms now being devised by his brother. In Cuban Revelations, Frank offers a first-hand account of daily life in Cuba at the turn of the twenty-first century, the start of a new and dramatic epoch for islanders and the Cuban diaspora. Examining the effects of U.S. policy toward Cuba, Frank analyzes why Cuba has entered an extraordinary, irreversible period of change and considers what the island's future holds. The enormous social engineering project taking place today under Ra�l's leadership is fraught with many dangers, and Cuban Revelations follows the new leader's efforts to overcome bureaucratic resistance and the fears of a populace that stand in his way. In addition, Frank offers a colorful chronicle of his travels across the island's many and varied provinces, sharing candid interviews with people from all walks of life. He takes the reader outside the capital to reveal how ordinary Cubans live and what they are thinking and feeling as fifty-year-old social and economic taboos are broken. He shares his honest and unbiased observations on extraordinary positive developments in social matters, like healthcare and education, as well as on the inefficiencies in the Cuban economy. Ultimately, Cuban Revelations is an objective account by a reporter who has lived with the Cubans for many years as their old world falls apart and they set about trying to build a new one.
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The Rough Guide to Cuba

Author: Matthew Norman,Fiona McAuslan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0241298458

Category: Travel

Page: 512

View: 9337

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The Rough Guide to Cuba is the perfect guide for all your travels across this dazzling country. Discover all of Cuba's highlights with insider information ranging from Cuba's diverse music, Scuba diving, and colonial architecture to its world-class ballet and baseball, political history, and captivating capital city, Havana. Clear maps make your travels around this spectacular country easy and unforgettable. You will never miss a sight with the stunning photos included and detailed coverage of Cuba's vibrant cities, glittering beaches, lush countryside, and addictive mixture of the Latin American and Caribbean cultures. Insider tips lead you to the best hotels, bars, clubs, shops, and restaurants in the country. Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Cuba.
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The Rough Guide to Cuba (Travel Guide eBook)

Author: Rough Guides

Publisher: Rough Guides UK

ISBN: 0241298431

Category: Travel

Page: 512

View: 1947

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From the crumbling colonial architecture of Havana to the vibrant party town of Santiago de Cuba, idiosyncratic Cuba offers limitless opportunities for exploration, and The Rough Guide to Cuba will ensure you don't miss a thing. This travel guide covers all of the big-hitting attractions - from the mogotes of Viñales to tecnicoloured Trinidad via the top scuba diving sights on the south coast - and unearths lesser-known gems across the island. In full-colour throughout, The Rough Guide to Cuba is having stunning photography and detailed maps, plus essential practical information on the latest visa requirements and how to get around. With expert, opinionated reviews on the best hotels, casa particulares, bars, shops and cigar lounges - plus coverage of the country's exciting new wave of restaurants - this in-depth guide will ensure you make the most of your time in Cuba.
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The Cuba Reader

History, Culture, Politics

Author: Aviva Chomsky,Barry Carr,Alfredo Prieto,Pamela Maria Smorkaloff

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 1478004568

Category: History

Page: 744

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Tracking Cuban history from 1492 to the present, The Cuba Reader includes more than one hundred selections that present myriad perspectives on Cuba's history, culture, and politics. The volume foregrounds the experience of Cubans from all walks of life, including slaves, prostitutes, doctors, activists, and historians. Combining songs, poetry, fiction, journalism, political speeches, and many other types of documents, this revised and updated second edition of The Cuba Reader contains over twenty new selections that explore the changes and continuities in Cuba since Fidel Castro stepped down from power in 2006. For students, travelers, and all those who want to know more about the island nation just ninety miles south of Florida, The Cuba Reader is an invaluable introduction.
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