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Beyond the throngs of tourists streaming through Central Havana's broad Prado Avenue, and outside the yoke of Castro's 43-year-old Revolutionary program, there exists a parallel Cuba - a separate evolution of a people struggling to survive. With personal stories that depict a people torn between following the directives of their government and finding a way to better their lot, journalist Ben Corbett gives us the daily life of many considered outlaws by Castro's regime. But are they outlaws or rather ingenious survivors of what many Cubans consider to be a forty-year mistake, a tangle of contradictions that has resulted in a strange hybrid of American-style capitalism and a homegrown black market economy.At a time when Cuba walks precariously on the ledge between socialism and capitalism, This Is Cuba gets to the heart of this so-called outlaw culture, taking readers into the living rooms, rooftops, parks, and city streets to hear stories of frustration, hope, and survival. Updated with a new preface.

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This is a paperbound reprint of a 2002 book, with a new preface. Journalist Corbett portrays peoples' lives in a country he says is aching for change.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


A colorful first-person account of living on the fringes of Castro's Cuba, and a splendid evocation of the modern Cuban character

About the Author

Ben Corbett is a freelance journalist who has spent several years researching and writing almost exlusively on Cuban culture, politics, and economics. Some of his features on Cuba have appeared in Salon,Tattoo Magazine, Easyriders, Fringe Golf, and Relix. He lives in Colorado.

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Corbett, Ben
Basic Books (AZ)
Corbett, Ben
Anthropology - Cultural
Economic Conditions
Essays & Travelogues
General Travel
anthropology;cultural anthropology
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9 x 6 in 15 oz

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Latin America » Cuba
History and Social Science » Politics » General
Travel » Caribbean
Travel » Travel Writing » General
Travel » Travel Writing » Latin America

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