Havana Before Castro: When Cuba was a Tropical Playground

Havana Before Castro: When Cuba was a Tropical Playground

by Peter Moruzzi
     
 

ISBN-10: 1423603672

ISBN-13: 9781423603672

Pub. Date: 07/01/2008

Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher

Featuring hundreds of vintage photographs, postcards, brochures, and other materials evocative of time and place, Havana Before Castro: When Cuba Was a Tropical Playground documents how the city of Havana evolved from Prohibition haven and rich man's playground to a heady blend of glittering nightclubs, outrageous cabarets, all-night bars, and backstreet brothels.

Overview

Featuring hundreds of vintage photographs, postcards, brochures, and other materials evocative of time and place, Havana Before Castro: When Cuba Was a Tropical Playground documents how the city of Havana evolved from Prohibition haven and rich man's playground to a heady blend of glittering nightclubs, outrageous cabarets, all-night bars, and backstreet brothels. Here, captured in one amazing book, is the drama, passion, intrigue, and opulence of a legendary city during its heyday-before the Castro dictatorship re-imagined the country and Americans were banned from travel to this tropical paradise.

An architectural historian by profession, Peter Moruzzi is an acknowledged expert on mid-century Modern architecture and design. He is the founder of the Palm Springs Modern Committee, an internationally recognized historic preservation organization, and the writer/director of Desert Holiday, a documentary film chronicling the history of Palm Springs as seen through vintage postcards. He resides in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles and in Palm Springs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423603672
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
479,255
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface 6

Acknowledgments 8

Prologue 9

Introduction 10

From Spanish Colony to Cuban Republic 12

Sugar, Rum, and Cigars 24

Havana between the World Wars 34

The Tragedy of Cuban Politics 54

Cuba's Postwar Tourist Explosion 64

Drinking, Dining, and Dancing 78

Tropicana 106

Havana at Night 124

Life as a Habanero 140

Cuba's Incredible Music Scene 158

Havana and the Mob 170

Havana Riviera 182

Habana Hilton 202

Havana's Other Fabulous Hotels 220

Havana Modern 234

New Year's 1958 and Beyond 244

Bibliography 252

Index 254

Photo Credits 256

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