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USA Today "New and Noteworthy" . One of The Washington Post's "10 Books to Read-and Gift-in December"

"Fascinating." -Forbes

Fidel Castro is dead. Donald Trump was elected president. And to most outsiders, the fate of Cuba has never seemed more uncertain. Yet those who look close enough may recognize that signs of the next revolution are etched in plain view.

This is Cuba is a true story that begins in the summer of 2009 when a young American photo-journalist is offered the chance of a lifetime-a two-year assignment in Havana.

For David Ariosto, the island is an intriguing new world, unmoored from the one he left behind. From neighboring military coups, suspected honey traps, salty spooks, and desperate migrants to dissidents, doctors, and Havana's empty shelves, Ariosto uncovers the island's subtle absurdities, its Cold War mystique, and the hopes of a people in the throes of transition. Beyond the classic cars, salsa, and cigars lies a country in which black markets are ubiquitous, free speech is restricted, privacy is curtailed, sanctions wreak havoc, and an almost Kafka-esque goo of Soviet-style bureaucracy still slows the gears of an economy desperate to move forward.

But life in Cuba is indeed changing, as satellite dishes and internet hotspots dot the landscape and more Americans want in. Still, it's not so simple. The old sentries on both sides of the Florida Straits remain at their posts, fists clenched and guarding against the specter of a Cold War that never quite ended, despite the death of Fidel and the hand-over of the presidency to a man whose last name isn't Castro.

And now, a crisis is brewing.

In This Is Cuba, Ariosto looks at Cuba from the inside-out over the course of nine years, endeavoring to expose clues for what's in store for the island as it undergoes its biggest change in more than half a century.


David Ariosto


Author's Note
Chapter 1 Last Call with Castro
Chapter 2 The Spies Among Us
Chapter 3 Men from State
Chapter 4 The Missing Sink
Chapter 5 Hearts, We Do Not Know
Chapter 6. Por Bortella
Chapter 7 Los Yankees
Chapter 8 Blue Shrinkwrap
Chapter 9 Rumble To the East
Chapter 10 Rising Dissent
Chapter 11 The Church Broker
Chapter 12 'The Wild Colt of New Technologies'
Chapter 13 Left Behind
Chapter 15 Return To Gotham
Chapter 16 The Benefactor
Chapter 17 Into Chaos
Chapter 18 Trappings of Détente
Chapter 19 The Normalization
Chapter 20 The Old Guard
Chapter 21 Alan Gross
Chapter 22 Return Of the Embassies
Chapter 23 The Boom Years
Chapter 24 Cold War Games
Chapter 25 Baltimore Backchannel


Titel: This Is Cuba
Untertitel: An American Journalist Under Castro's Shadow
EAN: 9781250176981
ISBN: 978-1-250-17698-1
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 288
Veröffentlichung: 11.12.2018
Jahr: 2018
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 9.2 MB