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Cuba, Hot and Cold
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Cuba—mysterious, intoxicating, captivating. Whether you’re planning to go or have just returned, Cuba, Hot and Cold is essential for your bookshelf. With a keen eye and dry wit, author Tom Miller takes readers on an intimate journey from Havana to the places you seldom find in guidebooks.

A brilliant raconteur and expert on Cuba, Miller is full of enthralling behind-the-scenes stories. His subjects include one of the world’s most resourceful master instrument makers, the famous photo of Che Guevara, and the explosion of the USS Maine. A veteran of the underground press of the 1960s, Miller describes the day Cuba’s State Security detained him for distributing copies of the United Nations Human Rights Declaration of 1948 and explains how the dollar has become the currency of necessity. His warm reminiscences explain the complexities of life in Cuba.

Since his first visit to the island thirty years ago, Miller has shown us the real people of Havana and the countryside, the Castros and their government, and the protesters and their rigor. His first Cuba book, Trading with the Enemy, brought readers into the “Special Period,” Fidel’s name for the country’s period of economic free-fall. Cuba, Hot and Cold brings us up to date, providing intimate and authentic glimpses of day-to-day life.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-1
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  1. Map
  2. p. 2
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. Cubana Be, Cubana Bop
  2. pp. 7-24
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  1. On the Street
  2. pp. 25-39
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  1. The Streets of 1898
  2. pp. 40-58
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  1. Third Gear
  2. pp. 59-62
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  1. These Three Kings
  2. pp. 63-81
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  1. Las Parrandas
  2. pp. 82-89
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  1. Undue Romantic Persuasion
  2. pp. 90-108
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  1. Sources
  2. pp. 109-110
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  1. Credits
  2. pp. 111-112
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 113-116
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