An ungainly effort that only a committed literary flagellent could enjoy.,
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This review is from: Cuba: The Legend of Rum (Kindle Edition)
Despite the low price (for the Kindle version), this book is not worth the money. Part 8th grade social studies report, part Havana Club infomercial, part Cuban travelogue, and part cocktail recipe book, this uncoalesced effort cannot decide what it wants to be. And it does none of them well, save the clubfooted prose of the sub-par middle school student. Why it took four people to author this endeavor is difficult to fathom, yet even more difficult to understand is why none of them sought the wisdom and counsel of even the most inexpert editor.
If you are truly interested in the history of rum in the new world, and prefer your prose (and rum) a trifle more seasoned and sophisticated, I strongly encourage you to seek out Wayne Curtis' excellent "And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails," or Ian Williams' equally entertaining "Rum: A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776." Both authors have taken the pains to study both their subject and the craft of writing about it, and for a few more dollars, you will be glad you upgraded from the literary equivalent of Bacardi to Zacapa. Read the better books and you'll know what I mean.