Cuba- A Concise History for Travellers

Penguin Books (1998)

History of CubaCigars, mojitos, beaches, baseball, Hemingway haunts and Tropicana girlie shows are all very well. But for those who want to pack along 500 years of history with their sunscreen, Alan Twigg’s first of two books about Cuba provides an unbiased reflection of the island’s remarkable history–an overview that criticizes both the CIA-led foreign policies of the USA and repressed intellectual freedom and the persecution of dissidents. While the Cuban people are strong, educated and remarkably resourceful, their lives are very difficult. Cuba is a beautiful and poignant place to visit; it is something very different to live there.

-Penguin Books

Read the Cuba Concise History Review from Globe & Mail first printed in 2000.