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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: The Canto Group (January 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615714994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615714998
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,303,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Silvio is an avid blogger and activist in the Cuban-American community. He hosts a daily radio show called “Canto Talk” on Blog Talk Radio. His blog, “My View,” focuses on current events and issues of interest to Hispanic Americans. He runs an executive search business called, “The Canto Group,” which he runs in Dallas, Texas. He was born in Cuba and emigrated to the United States with his family in 1964. He was inspired to write “Cubanos in Wisconsin” to honor his parents and ensure his sons knew his life story. Silvio was assisted on this project by his son, Gabriel Canto, who helped to turn a collection of Silvio’s memories and thoughts on Cuba and the immigration experience into a narrative. Gabriel is currently a first year law student at SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas. While studying Philosophy at Texas A&M University, Gabriel was a contributor to a student-run newspaper called, “The Anthem.” He has also participated in various “poetry slams” throughout the state, showcasing his unique brand of fast-paced, thought provoking poetry. Gabriel maintains writing aspirations, which he juggles with law school, a tutoring business, and daily visits to a CrossFit gym.

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Very interesting book that makes for engaging reading.
Fernando Hernandez
It also reminds us that the USA is where everyone wants to be...we're a pretty great country inspite of much criticism.
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It's a testament to the human spirit and the love that parents have for their children.
Regina Anavy

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Blessed Truth on February 20, 2013
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Mr. Canto provides readers with his personal first-hand account as a child in fleeing the oppression of Castro's tyranny and escaping with his family to America. Having an understanding of the horrors Cubans lived, and continue to experience, Mr. Canto's book is a must read, especially if one would like to provide an insight to the wrongs Castro's oligarchy inflicted/inflicts on the people of Cuba. This would be especially helpful for younger people to read, as it is written in the voice of an adolescent.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fernando Hernandez on March 5, 2013
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Very interesting book that makes for engaging reading. For those who want to know how the communist revolution of 1959 in Cuba affected Cuban society and families in general, this is a must book to read. The confrontation between the author's mother and a government official regarding whether her son should go do volunteer work for the revolution is priceless. It begs the question, who is in charge of a child, a parent of the government? I highly recommend Cubanos in Wisconsin, fascinating tale of a family adapting to the fridid climate of Wisconsin but feeling the warmth of the American people.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris on March 27, 2013
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What a wonderful story. You see the transition from Batista to Castro from a young child's eyes. The food lines, the missile crisis, the parents' fears. The escape to America takes forever, but the generosity along the way is amazing. I'll be sending copies to friends and family!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl L. Gottfried on March 27, 2013
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Mr. Canto has written a touching, candid, and informative book told as he was growing up in Cuba during Castro's takeover. As a young boy he witnessed the promises not kept, the hardships of food rationing, and the government takeover of education. Through the kindnesses of his extended family and friends he and his family were able to make their way to Wisconsin and a free America. It was an eye-opener for me, as I was only in my early teens growing up in Ohio while Mr. Canto and his parents, brother, and sister were living on a prayer, so to speak. I recommend this to adults and children, alike. While in the early 1960's I knew about the Bay of Pigs and the big picture of what was happening in Cuba...I had never read about the day-to-day trials of the people living through this time in Cuban history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joyzie on December 13, 2013
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An unpretentious tale of growing up in 1950s/60s Cuba and the author's eventual Americazation and how greatly the family values and beliefs developed his character. I chose this book after hearing an interview with the author on local talk radio... and I was not disappointed... it's well told and well written.

I enjoyed this look "again" at this era... this time learning much more than the the first time experienced through my somewhat sheltered American life. Silvio Canto depicts his good life before the Castro takeover... and the fear his family, neighbors and friends experienced after the Communist control.

Best quotes from book: "No government should ever mock its own citizens. No government should ever view the children of their citizens as tools to their ends" And... "But Dad told me that day that this could never happen in America". I really want to believe that last line, but I'm seeing other signs that say America is changing.
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An interesting perspective on what it was like at the time of the revolution in Cuba. We don't always think about how it affected ordinary people. Written in a pleasant, easy-to-read way. Helps us appreciate what we have.
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