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Puerto Rico An Oral History 1898-2008 Hardcover – January 29, 2010

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About the Author

Editor Barbara Tasch Ezratty is a 30+ year resident of the island and a former journalist. For the past ten years, she has published Tables Magazine: Puerto Rico's Guide to Great Dining. She conducted the interviews for Puerto Rico An Oral History 1898-2008 over a 25 year period.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Read Street Publishing Inc; 1 edition (January 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942929314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942929317
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.2 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,410,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reading each entry in Barbara Tasch Ezratty’s book Puerto Rico: An Oral History 1898-2008 is like spending an evening with someone special: a grandparent who retells the story of growing up in the first half of the last century, a friend’s mother who once lived on a sugar plantation, a old soldier who remembers the island as it was before he went off to WWI; a successful business associate who risked everything to follow a dream.

The first two-dozen or so stories in the book appeared in an earlier edition, Changing Flags: An Oral History 1898-1950, and they are perfect examples of the fragility of the editor’s task: as a generation disappears, so too does its tales. With each passing, pieces of the puzzle of how we got where we are today can be irretrievably lost.

By recording, transcribing and editing these recollections, Tasch and her interviewers have provided an invaluable service; they have transfixed time. As one scholar put it, “Oral history, well done, gives one a sense of accomplishment. Collecting oral history, we have a sense of catching and holding something valuable from the receding tide of the past.”

This well-done oral history of Puerto Rico recalls the past in the words of the people who lived it. “Some of the stories may cause you to smile; others to weep. Most were recounted in English, some haltingly, some eloquently…. Some spoke of grinding poverty and others of the affluent life,” Tasch explains in the book’s introduction.

In this edition there are a total of 51 numbered interviews.
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Excellent service. Delivery on time as advised. Very pleased.Amazed to find that you had the book available it seems to be a very limited edition.
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