World class historian Hugh Thomas spent 10 years researching this monumental book. Organized chronologically, it follows Cuba from 1762 through the colonial period and the revolution to its present friendless state. Among it many pleasures, the book documents Cuba's longstanding involvement with prominent Americans, among them Jefferson Davis,William Randolph Hearst, Meyer Lansky and Eldridge Cleaver. With a few illustrations and maps. At 3 1/2 punds this book is no lightweight.