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Cuba - Further reading
Further reading on Cuba
At nearly 1700 pages, Cuba, or The Pursuit of Freedom, by Hugh Thomas, is a weighty tome and covers Cuban history between 1762 and 1962.
Herbert L Matthews, the New York Times editorial writer, interviewed Castro in the Sierra Maestra in 1957, and his book Revolution in Cuba sympathetically explores the personalities, motivations and achievements of the Castro revolution. His is one of the lone American voices that has any common sense about the Cuban/American hostilities.
Peter Bourne's Castro: A Biography of Fidel Castro, Tomás Borge's Face to Face with Fidel Castro and Beatriz Pagés' Can Cuba Survive? An Interview with Fidel Castro are just some of the better books on this icon of the 20th century.
Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, by Jon Lee Anderson, is considered the best book on the mysterious Argentinian. Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution: Writings and Speeches of Ernesto Che Guevara, edited by David Deutschmann, is an excellent collection of Che's thoughts and speeches. Guevara's own works include Guerilla Warfare (1960), Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War (1963) and Man and Socialism in Cuba (1965). Deutschmann is also the editor of Che - A Memoir by Fidel Castro in which Fidel describes his relationship with Guevara.
James A Michener and John Kings' Six Days in Havana is a worthwhile read, and Pico Iyer's Cuban impressions in Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of the World are very amusing. Iyer's first novel, Cuba and the Night, is very good.
Dreaming in Cuban, by Cristina García, is an interesting novel about real and imaginary worlds, Afro-Cuban religion and their impact on a Cuban family. Graham Greene's Our Man in Havana is a funny story about a British vacuum-cleaner salesman.