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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Company (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080271093X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802710932
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,284,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For its style, humanity and vision, Yankee Come Home is beyond praise. The writing is sharper, the descriptions more evocative, than anything I have read in years."—Jack Beatty, author of The Lost History of 1914 and Age of Betrayal


"Cuba is mostly unfamiliar territory for US travelers, which is ironic given how the United States was the dominating presence there for so much of its history. With Yankee Come Home, William Craig does his US readers a great favor, entertaining us with his adventures across Cuba but reminding us along the way of how US interventions left the island scarred."—Tom Gjelten, author of Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba

"Craig braids the history of Cuban-American relations with quick, fluent grace."—Nicholson Baker, author of Human Smoke

"Intrepid Bill Craig’s wild journeys through Cuba tell a story no one has told before: The legacy of America’s disastrous 1898 intervention. With solid-gold reporting and a quirky flair for drama, humor, and pathos, Craig reveals not only a hidden Cuba, but the hidden heart of America, too. The book is bound to be a classic."—Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig and Spell of the Tiger

 

About the Author

William Craig, a journalist and professor at New Hampshire's River Valley Community College, has written for the Boston Globe, the Hartford Courant, the Spectator, and the Boston Review. His fiction has appeared in StoryQuarterly and the New England Review.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rich Craig on January 6, 2013
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I loved the book! Especially interesting to me as a history nut was the context provided by Bill's recounting of life in Cuba under Spain and the cultural/religious influences that still impact people's daily lives. Reading about America's involvement with Cuba was a real eye opener. I think most people only know about the Bay of Pigs and how we almost went to war with Russia over Cuba in the 60s. I felt like I was there! Buy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By IBUYTOOMUCH on December 6, 2012
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The Spanish-American War? I knew nothing about it. In fact, I knew much less about Cuba than I should have known. Craig takes history and makes it relevant, accessible, and entertaining. We enter the country with him and experience the tension that results when we follow him to places in Cuba where Craig, as an American journalist, is not particularly welcome. This Yankee came home with much to think about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ole on December 6, 2012
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This book delves into the important history of Cuban-American relations, and digs into places long paved over by the textbook fascination with imperial conquest. The author brings out voices and stories that are unknown to most of us Americans, who are only familiar with the Spanish-American War's "Remember the Maine!" chest pounding. Craig spins an insightful and engaging narrative out of his travels in Cuba, and uses his observations to courageously remind us that America has not been a great neighbor, and that the fates of both Cuba and America are permanently enmeshed. This book takes us beyond the alternately romanticized and vilified pictures of Cuba, and fleshes out the story of how relations have come to their current state. Well worth the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FussyBuyer on October 14, 2012
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This is a good book about the situation in Cuba and points out the US history there. Readable but not a page burner. Good service
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Like many Americans, journalist William Craig understood the grim necessity of the post-9/11 invasion of Afghanistan, but was shocked by the reckless invasion of Iraq and the nation's bizarre commitment to an endless "Global War on Terror." Frightened for his stepson serving with the Marines in Iraq, and frustrated with conventional journalism's complicity in the war, Craig sent himself to Cuba to write about the United States' first overseas imperial war. 'Yankee Come Home' describes the sites and re-examines the history of the "Spanish-American War" of 1898, connecting the past to contemporary U.S. foreign policy and daily life in Castro's Cuba.

A writer, musician and professor of history and humanities, William Craig is the son of bestselling authors William Craig and Eleanor (Craig) Green, whose careers blossomed in the 1960s and '70s. He lives in Vermont and teaches at River Valley Community College in Claremont, NH.

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