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In the nineteenth century Cuba produced more great men than the rest of the Caribean territories combined -- José Martí, Luz y Caballero, Arango y Parreño, Saco, Bachiller y Morales, Máximo Gomez, Céspedes, Maceo, Juan Gualberto Gomez, Plácido, statesmen, philosophers, humanists, general, politicians and poets.  Twentieth century Cuba produced Fernando Ortiz, among the greatest scholar in the Caribbean.  Unfortunately, for those who don't read Spanish, the majority of the material by and on these people is in Spanish.  You can still be on the lookout for these names.

To help you get start on your search for information we provide the following bibliographies / book lists. We welcome you comments and suggestions for additional materials to add.

Adamuszek, Jerzy.  "Cuba Is Not Only Varadero". Yunia Pub, 1998.

Anderson, Jon Lee. "Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life". Grove Press, 1997.  Recommended.

Arenas, Reinaldo,  "Before Night Falls: A Memoir". Viking, New York, 1993. The dark side of Fidel's LGBT policy. [The policy is changing.]   Recommended.

Aschkenas, Lea, "Es Cuba: Life and Love on an Illegal Island". Avalon Publishing, 2006.

Babyma, EA & Morris, JA, "Conflict and Change in Cuba". U of New Mexico Press, 1993.

Baker, Christopher,  "Moon Handbooks: Cuba". Moon Press, 2006.

Bardach, Ann Louise, "Cuba Confidential: Love and Vengeance in Miami and Havana".  Random House/Vintage Paper/ Penguin U.K./ Grijalbo, 2002, 2005

Bardach, Ann Louise, ed., "Cuba: A Traveler's Literary Companion, Vol. 1".  Whereabouts Press, 2002

Barnet, M,  "The Autobiography of a Runaway Slave: Esteban Montego". Pantheon, New York, 1968.

Bethell, Leslie, "Cuba: A Short History". Cambridge, 1993.

Black, Alexander and Simon McBride, " Living in Cuba". St Martin's Press, 1998.

Brandon, G,  "Santeria from Africa to the New World". Indiana Univ., Bloomington, 1993.

Cardoso, E & Helwege, A,  "Cuba after Communism". Massachussets, 1992.

Carley, Rachel, "Cuba: 400 Years of Architectural History". Watsn-Gupt, 1997.

Castañeda, Jorge G., "Companero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara. 1998".  Of the many biographies of Che Guevara, this may be the best; thorough, unflinching, yet passionate -- makes Che understandable, even if much less admirable.

Choy, Armando, Gustavo Chui, and Moisés Sío Wong, "Our History Is Still Being Written: The Story of Three Chinese-Cuban Generals in the Cuban Revolution". Pathfinder Press, 2006.

Cluster, Dick & Rafael Hernandez, "The History of Havana". Palgrave MacMillan, 2006.

Codrescu, Andrei , "Ay, Cuba!: A Socio-Erotic Journey". St. Martin's Press, 1998.

Corbett, Ben,  "This Is Cuba: An Outlaw Culture Survives". Westview, 2002.

de Doval, Teresa,  "A Girl like Che Guevara".  Soho Press, 2004. Fiction: Describes the daily life of Cuban teenagers, who should repeat every morning that they "will be like Che." It also deals with Santeria, race issues, and a girl’s discovery of sex in the context of a school-in-the-fields camp in 1982.

Dovalpage, Teresa,  "Posesas de la Habana". PurePlay Press, 2004. Fiction: in Spanish, focused on the lives of four generations of Cuban women who share the same estrogen-filled apartment, and their misadventures during a blackout night. It takes place during the "special period".

Falk, Pamela, "Eyes on Cuba: US Business & the Embargo", Foreign Affairs, Mar-Apr 1996

Finn, Maria.  "Cuba in Mind: An Anthology". Vintage Books, 2004.

Foehr, Stephen, "Dancing with Fidel". London: Sanctuary Publishing, 2001.  Exploration of the depth and breadth of Cuban music -- from Nueva Trova to jazz and reggae.

Garcia, Christina, "Dreaming in Cuban". Knopf, New York, 1992. Garcia has written a number of acclaimed novel with Cuban themes, also including The Aguero Sisters and Monkey Hunting (about a Chinese immigrant to Cuba).   Recommended.

Garcia-Marquez, Gabriel, (literature) Search for Books by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez

Goodnough, David,  "Jose Marti: Cuban Patriot and Poet". Enslow Pub., 1996.

Gott, Richard, "Cuba: A New History". Yale, 2004

Greene, Graham,  "Our Man in Havana". Viking, New York, 1958.

Guerra y Sanchez, Ramiro, "Sugar and Society in the Caribbean". New Haven, 1964. A classic of Cuban 'philosophy', and Caribbean historical analysis.

Guevara, Ernesto Che,  "Che Guevara Reader: Writing on Guerrilla Strategy, Politics and Revolution". Ocean Press, 1997.

Guevara, Ernesto Che, "Che Guevara Speaks". Grove Press, 1967.

Guillermoprieto, Alma, "Dancing with Cuba". Pantheon. The book recounts the time the author spent in Havana in 1970, when she was in her early 20s, teaching modern dance to young Cubans.

Guillermoprieto, Alma, The New Yorker, 6 Oct. 97. Part memoir of her mother's involvement with the Cuban cause while in Mexico, part review of three new books out on Che -- much of them deflating the myth of the man.

Halebsky, Sandor (ed.), "Cuba in Transition: Crisis and Transformation". Westview Press, 1992.

Halperin, Maurice,  "Return to Havana: The Decline of Cuban Society under Castro". Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, 1994. 

Helg, Aline, "Our Rightful Share: The Afro-Cuba Struggle for Equity, 1886-1912". Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1995.

Helly, Denise, "Cuba Commission Report: A Hidden History of the Chinese in Cuba: The Original English-Language Text of 1876". Baltimore, 1993.

Jatar-Hausmann, Ana Julia, "The Cuban Way: Capitalism, Communism and Confrontation". Kumarian Press, 1999.

Kennedy, Robert F., "Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis". NAL/Dutton, 1969.

Lezama Lima, José, "Paradisco". Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1966. This novel by Mr. Lima, a major Cuban poet, is about a boy’s coming of age and his search for his dead father.

Liss, Sheldon B, "Fidel!: Castro's Political and Social Thought". Westview Pr, Colorado, 1994.

Lowinger, Rosa, "Old Havana Reborn", Preservation Magazine, Sept/Oct 1997.

Lowinger, Rosa and Ofelia Fox, "Tropicana Nights: The Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban Nightclub". Harcourt Books, 2005.

Marti, Jose, (poetry, philosophy, Cuban national hero).  Search for Books on Jose Marti.

Mendoza, Tony, "Cuba--Going Back". Univ of Texas Press, 1999.

Miller, Tom,  "Trading with the Enemy: A Yankee Travels Through Casto's Cuba".  Atheneum Press, 1993.  Recommended.

Oppenheimer, Andres,  "Castro's Final Hour. Simon & Schuster", New York, 1992.

Ortiz, Fernando (trans. by Harriet de Onis),  "Cuban Counterpoint: Tobacco and Sugar". Duke Univ, 1995. A 1940 classic.

Paterson, Thomas G.,  "Contesting Castro: The United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution". Osford University Press, 1995.

Perez Jr., Louis A, "Cuba: Between Reform and Revolution". New York, 1988. Perez is the author of a wide variety of books on Cuba.

Perez Jr., Louis A, "On Becoming Cuban: Identity, Nationality, and Culture". HarperCollins, 2002.  Sweeping social history.

Quirk, Robert E, "Fidel Castro". Norton, New York, 1993.

Ramirez-Orbea, Oscar M, "Cuba, I Remember You /  Cuba, Te Recuerdo". Airleaf Publishing, 2006.

Rieff, David, "The Exile: Cuba in the Heart of Miami". Simon & Schuster, New York, 1993.

Ripley, C. Peter,  "Conversations with Cuba". Univ. of Georgia, 1999.

Ryan, Alan,  "The Reader's Companion to Cuba". Harcourt Brace and Co., 1997. Recommended.

Salas,Osvaldo and Ted Anderson,  "Fidel's Cuba: A Revolution in Pictures". Thunders Mouth's Press, 1998.

Segre, Roberto, Mario Coyula, and Joseph Scarpaci, "Havana: Two Faces of the Antillean Metropolis". John Wiley & Sons, 1997. 

Smith, Wayne, "Cuba's Long Reform," Foreign Affairs, Mar-Apr 1996.

Solomon, Daniel F., "Breaking Up With Cuba". McFarland and Company, 2011.

Stable, Marifeli Perez,  "Cuban Revolution: Origins, Course, and Legacy". Oxford Univ., New York, 1993.

Suchlicki, Jaime, "Cuba: From Columbus to Castro and Beyond". Brassey's, 2002.

Szulc, Tad, "Fidel: A Critical Portrait. HarperCollins", New York, 2004.

Thomas, Hugh, "Cuba Or the Pursuit of Freedom". Da Capo Press, 1998. Recommended.

Timerman, Jacobo,  "Cuba: A Journey". Knopf, New York, 1990.

US Dept of State, "Background Notes on Cuba," Bureau of Public Affairs

Walker, Dale L., "The Boys of '98: Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders". St. Martins Press, 1998.

Williams, Eric,  "From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean, 1492-1969". Vintage, New York 1970. Largely about the history of sugar and slavery in the Caribbean. 

Williams, Stephen, "Cuba: The Land, the History, the People, the Culture". Running Press, Philadelphia, 1994.

If you have a favorite that should be added to the list please let us know.  



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