Part of the new Global Studies: Latin America and the Caribbean series, this is an excellent basic reference source for information on Cuba. Volumes on Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico are being published concurrently. Narratives on history, economics, culture, and institutions give a good grounding. A reference section covers key events; significant people; and language, food, etiquette, and holidays. A good bibliography and a directory of Web sites and organizations add further value. --Steve Stratton
• Reflects the expertise of an author who is both well-versed in the realities of contemporary Cuba and well-experienced as an educator and writer
• Presents the many diverse characteristics of Cuba as a complex but integrated whole
• Offers sympathetic but critical-minded portrayals of committed revolutionaries and ardent counterrevolutionaries, without choosing sides between those who left Cuba and those who remained
• A useful reference section provides a descriptive alphabetical listing of specific information on important people, places, and historical events, as well as sections on Cuban Spanish, etiquette, national habits and traditions, cuisine, holidays, and important organizations
• Includes a detailed chronology of Cuban history from pre-Columbian times to the present, with emphasis on the revolutionary triumph of the late 1950s and early 1960s, Castro's enduring Communist regime, and the economic crisis of the "special period" that began in Cuba in 1990
"Cuba: A Global Studies Handbook is an especially appropriate addition to academic and community library International Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists."
Midwest Book Review
"Cuba: A Global Studies Handbook is recommended for large public and all academic libraries."
Reference & User Services Quarterly
"This handbook on Cuba is recommended for geography and business collections in public and academic libraries."
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