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Cuba, What Everyone Needs to Know

Cuba, What Everyone Needs to Know

by Julia Sweig

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Director for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, Julia Sweig traces the geography, history and identity of Cuba in this admirably succinct portrait of the island nation and its role in world affairs. (CBA126, $16.95)

Cuba, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Cuba, A Traveler's Literary Companion

by Ann Louise Bardach

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 234 PAGES

Bardach (Without Fidel) samples terrific contemporary writers for this anthology, organized geographically. (CBA58, $14.95)

Inside Havana

Inside Havana

by Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

This handsome book showcases the diverse architecture of Havana, from modernist masterpieces to splendid baroque palaces and traditional businesses such as the Partagas cigar factory, one of Havana's oldest and finest. With expert writing by Hernandez and rich color photographs by Gianni Basso. (CBA102, $29.99)

Our Man in Havana

Our Man in Havana

by Graham Greene

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The classic story of a British vacuum cleaner salesman who gets accidentally drawn into Cold War espionage with disastrous results. (CBA19, $16.00)

Moon Cuba

Moon Cuba

by Christopher P. Baker

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 684 PAGES

A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout Cuba. (CBA04, $24.95)

Cuba Map

Cuba Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A detailed, double-sided laminated map at a scale of 1:1,000,000. (CBA20, $10.95)

 
Cuba Adventure Map

Cuba Adventure Map


by National Geographic Society

  • 2012
  • MAP

This excellent double-sided map in the popular series shows the island at a scale of 1:750,000. (CBA66, $11.95)

Havana & Cuba West Map

Havana & Cuba West Map


by ITMB

  • 2012
  • MAP

A full-color map to the city center of Havana, at a scale of 1:10,000. Plus, on the reverse, a regional map of Cuba at a scale of 1:600,000. (CBA64, $10.95)

Streetwise Cuba Map with Havana

Streetwise Cuba Map with Havana


by Streetwise Maps

  • 2013
  • MAP

This very convenient, accordion-fold, laminated map shows the island on one side and a very good inset of Central Havana on the reverse. (CBA39, $12.95)

Culture Smart! Cuba

Culture Smart! Cuba


by Mandy Macdonald

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (CBA105, $9.95)

Eyewitness Guide Cuba

Eyewitness Guide Cuba


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES

A comprehensive, illustrated guide with excellent neighborhood maps, hundreds of photographs and succinct listings. Features innovative 3-D diagrams. (CBA67, $25.00)

The Cuban Table

The Cuban Table


by Ana Sofia Pelaez | Ellen Silverman

  • FOOD
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES

Through evocative writing and gorgeous photographs, Pelaez and Silverman have crafted a Cuban cookbook that is "lleno de vida" (full of life) with enticing, easy-to-follow recipes for classic Cuban coffees, simple dinners and leisurely lunches. They include personal stories from Cubans and Cuban diaspora communities from New York City to Florida. (CBA242, $35.00)

Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba

Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba


by Tom Gjelten

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

Gjelten chronicles the rich intersection of power and politics, community and exile in contemporary Cuba through the saga of the Bacardi family. A fixture in making 1920s Havana a playground for the rich and famous in the Prohibition era, Bacardi -- and its proprietary yeast strain -- famously left Cuba for Puerto Rico during the revolution. (CBA117, $18.00)

Contesting Castro, The United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution

Contesting Castro, The United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution


by Thomas G. Paterson

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A swift and powerful history of the complicated relationship between the United States and its island neighbor, beginning with Castro's triumph over Batista through the flowering of the Cuban Revolution and the Cold War. Paterson is a professor of history at the University of Connecticut with an interest in the Cold War. (CBA218, $24.99)

Cuba

Cuba


by Pierre Hausherr | Francois Missen

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

With full-page photographs, introductory essays on history, architecture, music, food and more, this oversized, illustrated paperback by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Francois Missen and photographer Pierre Hausherr captures the spirit of Cuba, its people, nature and culture. (CBA143, $24.95)

Cuba and the U.S.


by Tom Hayden

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES
  • COMING IN MARCH

Hayden insightfully covers the often troubled relationship between these two nations and brings readers to the present with consideration for the future of U.S.-Cuban relations. (CBA248, $23.95)

Cuba, A New History

Cuba, A New History


by Richard Gott

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

British journalist Gott casts a fresh eye on the history of the Caribbean island from its pre-Columbian origins to the present. (CBA165, $23.00)

Cuban Revelations

Cuban Revelations


by Marc Frank

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES

Travelogue, ode to Cuban soul and society and clear-eyed report on the economic reforms that are sweeping the island nation, Marc Frank's colorful chronicle shows daily life in contemporary Cuba from the inside. Frank weaves his own story -- and the stories of his many friends and acquaintances -- into this indispensable first-hand report from the field. (CBA204, $29.95)

Havana Nocturne, How the Mob Owned Cuba... and Then Lost It to the Revolution

Havana Nocturne, How the Mob Owned Cuba... and Then Lost It to the Revolution


by T. J. English

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

English draws on historical sources and interviews in this riveting story of corrupt, decadent Havana during the times of Batista and the Mafia. A great read. (CBA139, $15.99)

Havana, A Cultural and Literary Companion

Havana, A Cultural and Literary Companion


by Claudia Lightfoot

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

An illuminating guide to the city, its history and geography, as the inspiration for writers, artists, musicians and intellectuals. (CBA49, $15.00)

The Cuba Reader: History, Culture, Politics

The Cuba Reader: History, Culture, Politics


by Aviva Chomsky | Barry Carr | Pamela Maria Smorkaloff

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 723 PAGES

Organized chronologically, this multi-faceted portrait of a nation, with most of the selections by Cuban writers, includes not only history, journalism and literature but also songs, paintings, poems, cartoons and speeches. (CBA93, $29.95)

The History of Cuba

The History of Cuba


by Clifford L. Staten

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 162 PAGES

Staten covers the sweep of Cuba's history from its earliest days as a Spanish colony through the 20th century -- all in under 200 pages. Highlights include the Cold War and the Special Period, when Cuba fell into crisis after the breakup of the Soviet Union. A Palgrave Essential History. (CBA195, $20.00)

Walker Evans, Cuba

Walker Evans, Cuba


by Andrei Codrescu | Walker Evans

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

The original 1933 photographs of Cuba by the great social realist Walker Evans. (CBA56, $24.95)

Cuba and Its Music, From the First Drums to the Mambo

Cuba and Its Music, From the First Drums to the Mambo


by Ned Sublette

  • MUSIC
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 688 PAGES

A thorough and entertaining history of Cuba and its music by the popular radio producer, music historian and cofounder of Cuban record label QbaDisc. (CBA129, $21.95)

Cuba, A History in Art

Cuba, A History in Art


by Gary R. Libby

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 104 PAGES

This slim, yet comprehensive survey of Cuban art between 1725 and 1959 explains the development of artists' styles and how developments in Cuba (and especially Havana) changed their work. (CBA228, $34.95)

Havana Modern, Twentieth-Century Architecture and Interiors

Havana Modern, Twentieth-Century Architecture and Interiors


by Michael Connors

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

In vivid, original photographs, Connors ushers us through 100 examples of Havana's best-preserved Nouveau and Art Deco architecture, built between the early 1900s and 1965. (CBA241, $65.00)

Havana, History and Architecture of a Romantic City

Havana, History and Architecture of a Romantic City


by Maria Luisa Lobo Montalvo | Hugh Thomas

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

This magnificent history of Havana, featuring 480 color illustrations, shows the city and its growth from its founding as a Spanish colony to independence. (CBA46, $85.00)

Havana, Two Faces of the Antillean Metropolis

Havana, Two Faces of the Antillean Metropolis


by Joseph Scarpaci | Roberto Segre | Mario Coyula

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 437 PAGES

Two leading Cuban architects and a U.S. geographer present a historical overview of Havana's urban-social geography from 1519 until today. An American Library Association Choice Outstanding Book Award winner. (CBA91, $32.50)

New Art of Cuba

New Art of Cuba


by Luis Camnitzer

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 456 PAGES

A survey of Cuban art since 1981, all by young artists who have come-of-age since the revolution, and revised to reflect more recent developments. Twenty-four new color plates augment the 200 black and white illustrations. (CBA79, $29.95)

The Spaces Between, Contemporary Art in Havana

The Spaces Between, Contemporary Art in Havana


by Antonio Eligio Fernandez

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

This study of shared, communal spaces for Havana artists examines the context of contemporary Cuban art. Including major contemporary figures, the work discusses artists' techniques, their major themes and the environments in which they create. (CBA229, $24.95)

Before Night Falls

Before Night Falls


by Reinaldo Arenas | Delores Koch

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

A deeply moving autobiography, highly critical of the Castro regime. Arenas tells the story of his youth in poor, rural Cuba, his time with Castro's rebels, and his emergence as a writer. Seen as a political dissident both for his political views and his homosexuality, Arenas fled to New York, where he died of AIDS in 1991 (shortly after this book was completed). (CBA37, $17.00)

Cuba Diaries

Cuba Diaries


by Isadora Tattlin

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

In this rousing memoir, subtitled An American Housewife in Havana, Tattlin writes with verve of her family's "rowdy, ambiguous, ironic and sometimes exhilarating time" living in 1990s Cuba. (CBA74, $15.00)

The Other Side of Paradise, Life in the New Cuba

The Other Side of Paradise, Life in the New Cuba


by Julia Cooke

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Cooke's narrative glimmers with jazz musicians and run-down clubs as she taps into the youth culture of Havana. Through a wealth of personal experience, she brings to light recent cultural shifts in the island nation as well as pieces of history and economics. (CBA226, $17.00)

The Sugar King of Havana

The Sugar King of Havana


by John Paul Rathbone

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

John Paul Rathbone recounts "elegant, decadent and whirligig years" of pre-revolutionary Havana and the dramatic life of Julio Lobo, the richest man in Cuba. (CBA170, $16.00)

This is Cuba

This is Cuba


by Ben Corbett

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Corbett interviews everyday people living on the fringes of Castro's official Cuba for this account, both a stinging indictment of government policy and a testament to the Cuban spirit. (CBA157, $18.00)

Trading with the Enemy

Trading with the Enemy


by Tom Miller

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Miller captures the openness, sensuality and pride of Cuba and the Cubans in this eloquent account of entertaining travels in Fidel's Cuba. (CBA11, $18.00)

Waiting for Snow in Havana

Waiting for Snow in Havana


by Carlos Eire

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 383 PAGES

A lyrical memoir of a privileged, eccentric boyhood in 1950s Havana. Eire, a historian at Yale, fled with his brother to the United States in the wake of the revolution. (CBA78, $16.00)

Dreaming in Cuban

Dreaming in Cuban


by Cristina Garcia

  • LITERATURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 244 PAGES

A short, poetic novel of three generations of Cuban women, their reaction to the revolution and the complex relation between those who remained in Cuba and those who settled in the United States. Excellent reading. (CBA18, $15.00)

King of Cuba

King of Cuba


by Cristina Garcia

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 235 PAGES

Garcia's richly satisfying tale revolves around a fictionalized Fidel Castro and an octogenarian Cuban exile obsessed with revenge. (CBA203, $15.00)

Telex from Cuba

Telex from Cuba


by Rachel Kushner

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Kushner re-imagines the world of her mother in this astonishingly wise first novel set in the American enclave in 1950s Cuba. Riveting. (CBA111, $16.00)

The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea


by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 127 PAGES

Hemingway's brief story of a fisherman who, after 84 days with no luck, finally makes a big catch. It's an affectionate portrait of life in Cuba and winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. (CBA02, $12.00)

To Have and Have Not

To Have and Have Not


by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 262 PAGES

Hemingway's adventure novel about a family man who runs contraband rum between Cuba and Key West in the 1930s. In typical Hemingway form, the great author creates a realistic portrait of a strongman lead character. (CBA247, $16.00)

Natural Cuba

Natural Cuba


by Alfonso Silva Lee

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 173 PAGES

A natural history of the Caribbean's largest tropical island. (CBA25, $24.95)

Birds of Cuba

Birds of Cuba


by Orlando Garrido | Arturo Kirkconnell | Lester Short

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 253 PAGES

A compact field guide to the birds of Cuba, featuring 51 color plates, detailed species accounts and 144 local maps. The authors are curators at the National Museum of Natural History of Cuba. (CBA28, $29.95)

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