William Craig, a journalist and professor at New Hampshire's River Valley Community College in Claremont, has written for The Boston Globe, The Hartford Courant, The Spectator, and The Boston Review. His fiction has appeared in StoryQuarterly and The New England Review.
Yankee Come Home: On the Road from San Juan Hill to GuantÃnamoby William Craig
In Cuba's most entrancing, storied landscape, William Craig is searching for a history that his family has lost-and now needs to recover. He's looking for the truth about his/i>
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Yankee Come Home explores one family's history in Cuba, and through it, the intense, complex, smoldering relationship between the island nation and its leviathan neighbor.
In Cuba's most entrancing, storied landscape, William Craig is searching for a history that his family has lost-and now needs to recover. He's looking for the truth about his mysterious great-grandfather, Thomas O'Brien, a self-proclaimed hero of the "splendid little war" who left a legacy of glorious, painful lies. Living a dream that haunts American hearts-the dream of escaping the past, of becoming who we say we are-"Papa" died leaving his own children wondering who he'd really been.
Along the way, Craig searches for the place where Gilded Age America abandoned republican ideals in favor of imperial ambition-and where his own generation of Americans now preside over arbitrary imprisonment and systematized torture. "I needed to see GuantÃ¡namo the way some Americans needed to drive through the night to kneel at JFK's coffin, and others are drawn to Ground Zero," he writes. "Sometimes, we don't know what we've lost until we trace the scars." Traveling with Craig, readers will join in present-day adventures: spirit-possession rituals, black market odysseys, roots-music epiphanies, and discovering the continuing impact of the war in 1898 on both Cuba and America.
The story of the United States in Cuba is fascinating, but none too flattering. Like the reality of "Papa" O'Brien's identity, it reflects more hubris than heroism, more avarice than sacrifice. In the end, however, Craig's journey in Yankee Come Home is a transformation from disillusionment to redemption.
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This book recounts in the most engaging way the little known history between the United States and Cuba. Woven into the narrative are Craig's experiences in present day Cuba - particularly relevant now that Cuba is becoming a travel destination for many Americans. Our knowledge of Cuba has been defined by stereotypes - Craig has done us a service `` C Megan
I loved the book! Especially interesting to me as a history nut was the context provided by Bill's recounting of life in Cuba under Spain and the cultural/religious influences that still impact people's daily lives. Reading about America's involvement with Cuba was a real eye opener. I think most people only know about the Bay of Pigs and how we almost went to war with Russia over Cuba in the 60s. I felt like I was there in every anecdote he shared with the reader! Buy this book for an enjoyable read.