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Havana

A Subtropical Delirium

by Mark Kurlansky

Havana by Mark Kurlansky
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    Mar 2017, 272 pages

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Havana is an electrifying and multi-layered portrait of the long-elusive city.

History with flavor...culture with spice...language with gusto...it would be hard to find a better mix of messages about one of North America's oldest cities than this piquant paean to the Cuban capital, Havana, written by the award-winning Mark Kurlansky.

Havana, with its crowded narrow streets and small but colorful harbor, was founded in 1514, not long after Cuba was famously discovered and mistaken for China in 1492. Established on the backs of the genocide of the majority of its inhabitants—the Taino Indians—and now slowly ticking along under a revolutionary regime gradually losing its fizz, Cuba's most famous urban center has never been far away from the USA, either in distance, or in America's plans and dreams for the region.

Americans liked Cuba so much they waged the Spanish-American War (1898) to get it, then ran it like their own corrupt casino and ...

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