Inside Cuba: The History, Culture, and Politics of an Outlaw Nation

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Through film, books, music, and—before the Revolution—travel, Cuba has long attracted and fascinated Americans. In the last few years, as travel to Fidel Castro's Cuba has once again become more feasible for U.S. citizens, thousands are visiting to see life there firsthand, before it disappears into the post-Castro era. Now Inside Cuba provides an accessible, all-in-one introduction to the island at what is recognized as a hinge moment in its history, as it begins to consider what life might look like after ...

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Overview

Through film, books, music, and—before the Revolution—travel, Cuba has long attracted and fascinated Americans. In the last few years, as travel to Fidel Castro's Cuba has once again become more feasible for U.S. citizens, thousands are visiting to see life there firsthand, before it disappears into the post-Castro era. Now Inside Cuba provides an accessible, all-in-one introduction to the island at what is recognized as a hinge moment in its history, as it begins to consider what life might look like after Castro. Organized into three sections—history, culture, and conflict—Inside Cuba presents Cuba in a variety of lights—from Che Guevara to jazz, the Cuban Missile Crisis to cigars, and Elian Gonzalez to baseball. Whether read from cover to cover or selectively by chapter, Inside Cuba—like its predecessors in the "Inside" series—will educate and entertain readers about this singular country. Such contributors as Cristina Garcia, Wendy Gimbel, Flor Fernandez Barrios, Susan Orlean, Ann Louise Bardach, Paco Ignacio Taibo, and Christopher Hitchens add to this stellar gathering of the most compelling writing about this passionate and mystifying land.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569244845
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Havana, Before and After 9
The Revolution and Its Aftermath 33
Castro's Revolution 57
Ernesto "Che" Guevara 81
The Donas, a Girl's Memory 101
Image and Identity 115
Cacharros 147
Rough Diamonds 165
The Story of the Cigar 179
The Flowers of The Revolution 195
The Revolution Will be in Stereo 207
The Shipwreck 225
Cuba's Economy 257
Havana Can Wait 273
The Cuba Embargo 287
A Post-Castro Cuba 301
Acknowledgments 323
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Introduction

North American thirst for Cuba is unquenchable. We've been involved with her history, her charms, and her moods since the adolescence of the United States republic. In the nineteenth century we helped her break up with Spain and encouraged her independence, and, ever since, we have resented this proud independence because we wanted her all to ourselves. The passage of time has done little to lessen either our fascination or our irritation.

Inside Cuba takes a look at this tormented affair, paying particular attention to the current predicaments and their roots in history. The question that this book, as well as everybody ever touched by Cuba fever, asks is this: After Castro, what? It's the million-dollar question, and the answers are numerous and contradictory. One thing, though, is for sure: our romance with Cuba is far from over.

--from the introduction by Andrei Codrescu

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