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And the Russians Stayed: The Sovietization of Cuba – A Personal Portrait

Néstor T. Carbonell

A popular book in the exile community, obviously stilted against Castro.

Bridges to Cuba / Puentes a Cuba

Edited by Ruth Behar
University of Michigan Press

From Confrontation to Negotiation: U.S. Relations with Cuba

Philip Brenner
Westview Press

The Cuba Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Latin America Readers)

Aviva Chomsky, Barry Carr, Pamela Maria Smorkaloff

Over 100 essays on Cuba's history, culture and politics, including photographs, songs and historical tidbits. Worth the dough.

Cuba: A Journey

Jacobo Timerman

Timerman, in his usual style, describes his disappointment with Castro's Cuba.

Cuba: Talking About Revolution

Medea Benjamin
Ocean Press

A series of conversations with Juan Antonio Blanco about the current situation in Cuba. Recommended.

Cubans: Voices of Change

Lynn Geldoff

Culture and Customs of Cuba: (Culture and Customs of Latin America and the Caribbean)

William Luis
Greenwood Press

Looking for History: Dispatches from Latin America

Alma Guillermopireto
Pantheon Books, New York

From THE NEW YORKER's Latin American correspondent.

Mea Cuba

Guillermo Cabrera Infante

A favorite of the various anti-movements (anti-Castro, anti-communist, etc.). Well written and extreme. On page four Castro is vaguely compared to Adolf Hitler!

Next Year in Cuba: A Cubano's Coming-of-age in America

Gustavo Pérez Firmat

It's been years since I read this, but I remember it fondly (even though I don't agree with many of the author's conclusions). It's important to understand that most Cubans who came to the U.S. immediately after the Revolution thought they'd be returning soon.

Persona Non Grata:
A Memoir of Disenchantment with the Cuban Revolution

Jorge Edwards
Paragon House

Described by Octavio Paz: "…the history of the disenchantment of a generation of intellectuals; thanks to this book, many men and women were able to see the true nature of the Cuban regime."

Pitching Around Fidel: A Journey into the Heart of Cuban Sports

S.L. Price

Why shouldn't the U.S. steal Cuba's best athletes?

Real Life in Castro's Cuba

Catherine Moses
SR Books

Sartre on Cuba

Jean-Paul Sartre

Subject To Solution: Problems in Cuban-US Relations

Edited by Wayne S. Smith & Esteban Morales Dominquez
Lynne Rienner Publishers

Among the topics in this book is a look at Guantanamo Naval Base from both sides.

Voices of Resistance: Testimonies of Cuban and Chilean Women

Edited and translated by Judy Maloof
University Press of Kentucky


Driving Through Cuba

Carlo Gébler
Simon & Schuster

Not a road map, but a collection of stories and experiences about life in modern Cuba.

Cuba in Focus: A Guide to the People, Politics and Culture

Interlink Books

Insight Guide Instant Cuba

APA Publications

A pocket guide.

Lonely Planet Cuba

A good source of detailed information for travelers.

Odyssey Passport: Cuba

Andrew Coe

A travel-book, with lots of interesting passages and the usual photography.

Six Days in Havana

James A. Michener & John Kings
University of Texas Press

Time Out Guide: Havana & the Best of Cuba

Another good travel book.

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