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Ninety miles : Cuban journeys in the age of Castro

Author: Ian Michael James
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book tells the stories of the personal journeys and struggles of three Cubans and how their lives have been shaped by Fidel Castro's influence over nearly half a century. It begins in 1959 with the triumph of the Cuban revolution, a euphoric event that sets the stage for dramatic changes in the years to come. Their experiences come alive in a narrative filled with childhood pranks, secret plots, and wrenching  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
James, Ian Michael, 1972-
Ninety miles.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2006
(OCoLC)607893401
Online version:
James, Ian Michael, 1972-
Ninety miles.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2006
(OCoLC)608375467
Named Person: Eloy Gutiérrez Menoyo; Paquito D'Rivera; Nancy Lledes; Paquito D'Rivera; Eloy Gutiérrez Menoyo; Nancy Lledes; Eloy Gutiérrez Menoyo; Paquito D'Rivera; Nancy Lledes
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Michael James
ISBN: 0742540421 9780742540422
OCLC Number: 65819979
Description: xi, 203 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Havana, 1959 --
A musical boy, a beach idyll, a rebel plot --
School, army, jail --
Revolutionaries, "modern music," Havana nights --
Bloodshed, letters home, a love affair --
Razors, religion, Communist youth --
A jazz cruise, a mountain hike, a prison tale --
Mariel --
New York City, campus life, a hunger strike --
Cuban dominoes, the long wait, freedom --
Weariness, a reunion, speaking out --
Boat people --
Guantánamo --
Facing Castro --
Exile --
Return.
Responsibility: Ian Michael James.
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"This book tells the stories of the personal journeys and struggles of three Cubans and how their lives have been shaped by Fidel Castro's influence over nearly half a century. It begins in 1959 with the triumph of the Cuban revolution, a euphoric event that sets the stage for dramatic changes in the years to come. Their experiences come alive in a narrative filled with childhood pranks, secret plots, and wrenching family decisions." "Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo was a rebel commander who fought on the side of Castro's forces during the revolution, then later turned against the government and spent twenty-two years in Cuban prisons. Once free and living in Miami, he began a controversial effort to seek changes in Cuba through dialogue with Castro. He later surprised the world by deciding to move back to Cuba to lead a new opposition movement." "Paquito D'Rivera was just a boy when Castro and his rebels marched into Havana. His career as a saxophonist and clarinetist prospered under the communist government, but seeking greater personal freedom, he defected and settled in New York City, leaving his family behind. It took him many painful years to be reunited with his son." "Nancy Lledes was a child of the revolution, born in the early years of Castro's rule and taught to respect the socialist system. Her parents believed in those ideals, and while Nancy was growing up she never imagined leaving Cuba. But she fell in love with a man who opposed the system. And for him, she abandoned her homeland and left behind all that she knew." "Together, these three tell a saga played out during a unique age filled with upheaval, sharp divisions, and yet, hope. Spanning nearly five decades of life in Cuba and in exile, this wide-ranging history is also an intimately personal narrative, one that helps explain Cubans' complex and diverse views about the path their country has taken."--Jacket.

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Ninety miles away but light years away in ideology, Cuba and Cubans remain fascinating reading. In beautiful prose, James ... tells the stories of three Cuban expatriates... [He] intertwines their Read more...

 
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