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The Splendor of Cuba: 450 Years of Architecture and Interiors Hardcover – October 4, 2011

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"At a time when hope is in the air that travel to Cuba may soon be possible again for average Americans, The Splendor of Cuba... offers a different view of the island’s culture." ~Cuba News

About the Author

Michael Connors, an expert in Caribbean antiques, is a contributor to numerous publications, including Art & Antiques, Antiques and Fine Art, and The Magazine Antiques. He has written many books, including British West Indies Style and Caribbean Houses: History, Style, and Architecture.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; 9.5.2011 edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847835677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847835676
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 1.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A successful piece of art presenting Cuba's fascinating culture. The author created such a vivid picture of all the different areas on the island, it's difficult not to fall in love with this country and it's rich history. The book takes you on a journey through some of the most amazing villas ever seen... Having the opportunity to get such detailed insight to Cuban homes and culture is very rare and a privilege. Thanks to the author for sharing this magnificent view of Cuba and its architecture and history! In addition, the book is very well organized, photographs are exceptional and the research behind all text is impressive.

This book does more than simply entertain and have the label of a coffee table book - it leaves you mentally richer.

A desirable edition for every private library.
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Lately there has been a growing interest in publishing books detailing the splendor of Cuba's architectural heritage. This new publication is nothing short from being a visual feast. The book is thick and full of large fully colored photos revealing the different eras of Cuban architectural heritage. The photos are accompanied by a thorough and engaging text that explains each era and its specific features. Thus, placing the beautiful buildings illustrated into their social and historical contexts. This book succeeds both as a beautifully illustrated reference as well as a stunning coffee-table book, highly recommended.
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By Sima on October 17, 2011
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This book provides a great insight into the hidden beauties of Cuba. The author is interested and knowledgable of the area and it shows in his writing. This is definitely another masterpiece in the line of books produced by Michael Connors. He takes the time to engage the reader with beautiful pictures along with outstanding facts. The book flows from cover to cover and is a definite must buy. I cannot wait to visit the places mentioned in this book for our next vacation.
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Already have gifted The Splendor of Cuba to two friends one birthday and another on a special occasion. Both times book was an instant hit to the point that guests want to "borrow" it right away. Also received complimentary calls and emails with true expressions of joy. Almost never did I get this sort of sincere instant thank you with a gift. This booked was loved by all. Will certainly purchase again for future gifts for all my Cuban friends.
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I just finished reading this book and found it to be a terrific overview of the historical architecture in Cuba. The text may have been a little light, but for someone such as myself who only wants to know the basics, it was perfect - and the abundance of rich photography more than made up for it. This will definitely have a permanent home on my coffee table.
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Beautiful photographs, skillfully and artfully taken, of façades and interiors of private residences and public buildings throughout the island of Cuba. This book contains accurate historical data, and informational facts throughout, helping the reader get a more insightful knowledge and understanding of the colonial period of architecture in Cuba.
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I bought this book as a gift for someone born in Cuba, yet it was easy to be pulled in by the beauty of the pictures. A wonderful book. As well written as it is portrayed in pictures. Lovely! Oh, and it was a big hit as a gift!
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So well done from the photos taken in places that most visitors wont get to see, to the well written historical backgrounds and current state of conditions of the properties. Having recently returned from a short trip, there is the obvious decay and poverty that is so often shown. Unesco and Cuba are beautifully restoring many important buildings and areas. This book is must for anyone interested in the history and architecture of a unique place. This book exceeded my expectations.
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