In the wake of Fidel Castro’s death, coupled with the restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, interest in the country has spiked. We’ve curated a selection of our books on Cuba’s revolution, culture, and daily life for both those planning to visit as well as those wanting to learn more about the island nation.
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Luis Martínez-Fernández
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“A passionate and robust book. . . . provides a strong narrative and, as the reconciliation and economic integration of Cuba and the Cuban diaspora accelerates following the post-December 2014 normalization of US-Cuban relations, an increasingly significant perspective.”—Social History

“Powerful and emotional . . . captures the stakes faced by the individual heroes of this book.”—H-Net Reviews

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Mark Frank
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“A remarkably rich, gritty account of daily life today in the twilight of Caribbean socialism.”—Foreign Affairs

“A must-read for Cuba watchers and readers wanting to understand the island. Essential for a sharper grasp of Cuban-American relations and the role American politics plays in the sovereignty of this independent state.”—Library Journal

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Teo A. Babun Jr. and Victor Andres Triay
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“[Jose “Chilin”] Trutie’s unblinking images of idealistic, fresh-faced soldiers, ordinary life in the rebel camps, members of Castro’s inner circle, and dozens of nameless victims of the war are a sobering reminder of history’s toll on the people of Cuba.”—Caribbean Review of Books
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“For Cubans who remember that time, this book will be like reliving it. For those who do not, it offers a good introduction to a complicated period.”—Tampa Tribune
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S. L. Price
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“A rarity: a balanced, compassionate, intimate journal of Cuba’s slow, agonizing decay.”—Sports Illustrated
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“Price describes a lovely, proud, impoverished people caught in [a] repressive system that destroys thousands as it celebrates a handful.”—Kirkus
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César Brioso
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“Conjures a colorful era of baseball that predated big-money sports.”—Foreign Affairs
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“Brioso’s excellent history details these events while also documenting the history of professional baseball in Cuba. . .This book chronicles baseball history at its best, covering an important chapter in U.S.-Cuba social history.”— Library Journal.
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Byron Motley
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“Anyone who has the pleasure of perusing the arresting pages in this right-on-time photograph album will see the source of our enthusiasm. . . . View and enjoy these sensitive photos, and bon voyage.”—Booklist

“Motley’s combined photographic and narrative skills create a succinct and evocative journey that transports the reader into those sides of island life and legacy that engage him most powerfully. . . . The result is this stunning visual and heart-felt narrative of Cuba in all its major dimensions.”— INsights

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Cubalogues_RGB.jpgThe Cubalogues: Beat Writers in Revolutionary Havana
Todd Tietchen
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“Well-researched, smartly argued, and quite successful at rehabilitating an unfair popular image of the Beats as apolitical deadbeats.”—Caribbean Review of Books

“This first-rate book contributes to understanding U.S. politics (both in the Cold War and after) as well as Bohemian writing. . . . Essential.”—Choice

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