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  • “Cuba is often a mirage, especially for North Americans, who feel they must know something about the place because of its proximity and the outsized influence the island has had on the United States. And, yet, it often still feels just out of reach. What The Cuba Reader does is provide incisive, intimate insight, not so much a road map as a vision of what has been and what could be. It's indispensable.” — Achy Obejas

    “What a beautiful journey through five hundred years of Cuban history, culture, and politics! The Cuba Reader is a sumptuous medley of poetry, song, speeches, interviews, and vignettes from novels new and old. You'll hear the voices of santeros and sugar workers, prostitutes and politicos, revolutionaries and reporters, dissidents and dancers. It's the next best thing to being in Cuba, so sit back with a mojito and enjoy the masterfully guided tour.” — Medea Benjamin, activist and cofounder of Global Exchange

    "The Cuba Reader offers a splendid overview of the Cuban experience, past and present, through a dazzling array of points of view. . . . The very fullness of its vision makes The Cuba Reader an indispensable book for courses—of every academic discipline—on Cuba.” — Louis A. PĂ©rez, Jr., author of, On Becoming Cuban: Identity, Nationality, and Culture

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  • Description

    Tracking Cuban history from 1492 to the present, The Cuba Reader includes more than 100 selections that present myriad perspectives on Cuba's history, culture, and politics. The volume foregrounds the experience of Cubans from all walks of life, from slaves and prostitutes to doctors, activists, and historians. Combining songs, poetry, fiction, journalism, political speeches, and many other types of documents, this revised and expanded second edition of The Cuba Reader contains over twenty new selections that explore the changes and continuities in Cuba since Fidel Castro stepped down from power in 2006. For students, travelers, and all those who want to know more about the island nation just ninety miles south of Florida, The Cuba Reader is an invaluable introduction.

    About The Author(s)

    Aviva Chomsky is Professor of History at Salem State University.

    Barry Carr is Emeritus Professor of Latin American History at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.

    Alfredo Prieto is an independent researcher and editor.

    Pamela Maria Smorkaloff lives and writes in Mexico City.
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