Suggested Reading List
Che Guevara, A Revolutionary Life
Author: Jon Lee Anderson
Description: A revised and updated edition of Anderson's definitive biography, published to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.
Author: Pierre Hausherr (Photographer), Francois Missen
Description: With full-page photographs, introductory essays on history, architecture, music, food and more, this oversized, illustrated paperback by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Francois Missen and photographer Pierre Hausherr captures the spirit of Cuba, its people, nature and culture.
Author: Borch Maps
Description: A detailed, double-sided laminated map at a scale of 1:1,000,000.
Cuba, A History in Art
Author: Gary R. Libby
Description: This slim, yet comprehensive survey of Cuban art between 1725 and 1959 explains the development of artists’ styles and how developments in Cuba (and especially Havana) changed their work.
Cuba, A Traveler's Literary Companion
Author: Ann Louise Bardach
Description: Bardach (Without Fidel) samples terrific contemporary writers for this anthology, organized geographically.
Cuba, This Moment, Exactly So
Author: Lorne Resnick
Description: This deluxe coffee-table book organizes 250 black-and-white photographs around micro-stories that immerse readers in the heat and culture of the "Pearl of the Antilles." Includes a foreword by great travel writer Pico Iyer.
Cuba, What Everyone Needs to Know
Author: Julia Sweig
Description: Director for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, Julia Sweig traces the geography, history and identity of Cuba in this admirably succinct portrait of the island nation and its role in world affairs.
Dreaming in Cuban
Author: Cristina Garcia
Description: A short, poetic novel of three generations of Cuban women, their reaction to the revolution and the complex relation between those who remained in Cuba and those who settled in the United States. Excellent reading.
Havana Modern, Twentieth-Century Architecture and Interiors
Author: Michael Connors
Description: In vivid, original photographs, Connors ushers us through 100 examples of Havana’s best-preserved Nouveau and Art Deco architecture, built between the early 1900s and 1965.
Havana, A Cultural and Literary Companion
Author: Claudia Lightfoot
Description: An illuminating guide to the city, its history and geography, as the inspiration for writers, artists, musicians and intellectuals.
Author: Paul Hendrickson
Description: Focusing on the years 1934 to 1961, from Hemingway's pinnacle as the reigning monarch of American letters until his suicide, Paul Hendrickson traces the writer's life through the story of his beloved boat, Pilar. On display at Hemingway's Finca La Vigia in San Francisco de Paula, east of Havana, it is easy to see how this sleek craft attracted Hemingway, the setting for so much of what the writer loved and the leitmotif of Hendrickson's supple elegy.
Listen, Yankee, Why Cuba Matters
Author: Tom Hayden
Description: With an unabashedly liberal bias, Hayden insightfully covers the often troubled relationship between these two nations and brings readers to the present with consideration for the future of U.S.-Cuban relations.
Author: Christopher P. Baker
Description: A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout Cuba.
Our Man in Havana
Author: Graham Greene
Description: The classic story of a British vacuum cleaner salesman who gets accidentally drawn into Cold War espionage with disastrous results.
Passage to Cuba
Author: Cynthia Carris Alonso
Description: An wonderful coffee-table book that takes readers through the crumbling, baroque splendor of Havana. Subtitled "An Up-Close Look at the World's Most Colorful Culture."
The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs
Author: Jim Rasenberger
Description: Jim Rasenberger's gripping, revisionist account of the invasion of the Bay of Pigs, published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the misguided adventure, draws on newly available information from the CIA and his own family history.
The Cuba Reader: History, Culture, Politics
Author: Aviva Chomsky (Editor), Barry Carr (Editor), Pamela Maria Smorkaloff (Editor)
Description: Organized chronologically, this multi-faceted portrait of a nation, with most of the selections by Cuban writers, includes not only history, journalism and literature but also songs, paintings, poems, cartoons and speeches.
The Distant Marvels
Author: Chantel Acevedo
Description: A life-affirming tale of love set during a hurricane in 1960s, post-revolutionary Cuba. To keep hope alive amongst the evacuees, Maria Sirena tells the incredible story of her childhood during Cuba's Third War of Independence.
The Spaces Between, Contemporary Art in Havana
Author: Antonio Eligio Fernandez
Description: This study of shared, communal spaces for Havana artists examines the context of contemporary Cuban art. Including major contemporary figures, the work discusses artists’ techniques, their major themes and the environments in which they create.
Trading with the Enemy
Author: Tom Miller
Description: Miller captures the openness, sensuality and pride of Cuba and the Cubans in this eloquent account of entertaining travels in Fidel's Cuba.