The Havana Habit and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$28.00
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In stock but may require an extra 1-2 days to process.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
The Havana Habit has been added to your Cart
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $3.49
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Havana Habit Hardcover – October 26, 2010


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$28.00
$28.00 $23.28

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
$28.00 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In stock but may require an extra 1-2 days to process. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.


Frequently Bought Together

The Havana Habit + Life on the Hyphen: The Cuban-American Way, Revised Edition
Price for both: $52.95

One of these items ships sooner than the other.

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300141327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300141320
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Change is coming to Cuba, and inevitably the American relationship with Cuba will change. This short, breezy, and often amusing examination of American perceptions of Cuba is both timely and informative; these perceptions have always been rather idiosyncratic. As Pérez Firmat indicates, the island has seemed “so near and yet so foreign.” So he traces this sense of exoticism as it has evolved over two centuries, while placing it within the context of historical developments. He uses a variety of mediums, including literature, cartoons, music, television, and film. Travel writers in the nineteenth century veered from describing a tropical paradise to stressing the filth, decadence, and danger of daily Cuban life. In the first half of the twentieth century, American music and especially films helped create an image of Cuba as a lush, tempting playground and sensuous delight. After the Cuban Revolution, perceptions became sinister and threatening as represented by the image of bearded, hostile commandantes or violent drug-pushing refugees like Tony Montana in the film Scarface. Pérez Firmat has handled this topic with a light, humorous touch without diminishing its more serious aspects. --Jay Freeman

Review

“A tale of two closely tied cultures, The Havana Habit is told with both élan and humor: the author's take on the latin lover iconography attached to both Fidel and Che is priceless, and like all of this book, both informative and entertaining.”—Oscar Hijuelos, author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

(Oscar Hijuelos)

“A must-read, must-teach text filled with revelations about the dysfunctional love affair that has preoccupied the United States and Cuba over the last century. There's no other book like it on the Cuban-American condition. Pérez Firmat delivers all you ever wanted to know about Cuba but were too American and polite to ask.”—Virgil Suarez, author of 90 Miles: New and Selected Poems
(Virgil Suarez)

"With elegance and dynamism, Pérez Firmat traces the power of stereotypes in America¹s construction of things Cuban. If Havana stands for Cuba, Cuba stands for Latin America, and there is no other Latin American nation that has left a deeper imprint in the American imagination."—Diana Sorensen, Harvard University
(Diana Sorensen)

"A brilliant and engagingly written study whose theoretical sharpness and original and meticulous research show Havana to be a veritable, if unlikely, American icon."—Roberto Ignacio Díaz, University of Southern California

(Roberto Ignacio Díaz)

"A worthy resource in a variety of disciplines."—A. M. Stock, CHOICE
(A. M. Stock CHOICE)

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
100%
4 star
0%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

By Steven M Kordak on January 22, 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Glad I bought the book based on NPR recommendation.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?