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Real Life in Castro's Cuba : Latin American Silhouettes (Paperback) - Catherine Moses

Real Life in Castro's Cuba

Latin American Silhouettes (Paperback)

Paperback

Published: 28th January 2002
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This new book provides a first-hand, grassroots look at life in Cuba, including very vivid descriptions of its people and places. Real Life in Castro's Cuba illuminates the human face of Cuba, which over the years has largely been hidden in the shadow of Fidel Castro.

Real Life in Castro's Cuba is written by Catherine Moses, who lived and worked in Cuba as a press secretary and spokesperson for the United States from 1995 to 1996. This compelling, compassionate portrait contains personal observations about the Cubans' struggles, triumphs, hopes, and daily compromises to survive. The Cuban population lives with a deteriorating infrastructure, forcing many hardships on the people, including a scarcity of food, fuel, clothing, medicines, and other basic needs.

The author's detailed cultural account of Cuba introduces the reader to everyday Cubans from party officials to dissidents to everyone in between. It shows how Cuba's socialist system works and gives reasons why Fidel Castro is still in power. Real Life in Castro's Cuba also describes the significant role of religion and spirituality in the life of Cubans. Although Moses expresses regret over the state of U.S.-Cuban relations, the purpose of the book is not to choose up sides. Instead, the book is designed simply to introduce readers to real life in Cuba.

The book's unique approach allows an intimate picture of life in a faded Marxist regime. As the author writes, "Cuba is a curious mixture of Spanish Caribbean, socialist ideals gone awry, memories of what was, and a desperate need to survive."

This fascinating new book will appeal to all readers who are interested in getting a closer look at what life is like in Cuba today.

We readers are the beneficiaries of Moses's deep understanding of the Cuban people and the political, economic, and social transformation they are carrying out against the will of their government.--Richard A. Nuccio, President Clinton's special advisor for Cuba from 1995?1996

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Cuban Reality
Loyalty to the Revolutionp. 7
No Es Facil: Food and Daily Lifep. 25
Hay Que Resolver: Working for Pesos and Dollarsp. 35
Varadero: Life for Touristsp. 55
Triumphs of the Revolution: Health Care and Educationp. 65
Civil Societyp. 75
Why Don't They Rise Up?p. 81
Good Intentionsp. 85
America!p. 93
Migrationp. 99
The Migration Accordsp. 105
News and Informationp. 117
The Opposition, Concilio Cubano, and February 24p. 125
The Fifth Party Plenum: Requiem for Hopep. 137
Reminiscingp. 141
The Cuban Spirit
Soy Cuba: I Am Cubap. 145
Spirit and Soulp. 153
Caridad del Cobrep. 173
Indexp. 177
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ISBN: 9780842028370
ISBN-10: 0842028374
Series: Latin American Silhouettes (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 28th January 2002
Publisher: SPEAR BOOKS
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.54 x 13.97  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.25