This is Cuba : an American journalist under Castro's shadow

by Ariosto, David,

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 8 copies
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Non Fiction 917.291 Ari
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Summary
Fidel Castro is dead. Donald Trump is in the White House. And to most outsiders, the fate of Cuba has never been more uncertain. But those who look close enough realize the blueprints for the island's next revolution may be etched in plain view. This is Cuba begins in the summer of 2009 when CNN offers David Ariosto, a wide-eyed, inexperienced journalist, the chance of a lifetime--a two-year assignment in Havana. Ariosto moves to Cuba with visions of covering the island in the fashion of such literary legends as Graham Greene and Ernest Hemingway. But as the realities of both Castro's police state and America's trade embargo set in, those rose-tinted lenses begin to clear up. Beyond the classic cars, salsa and cigars, lies a country that fiercely guards its Cold War persona--perhaps even more so after the death of its iconic leader. Though Wi-Fi hot spots and American tourists now dot the landscape, the fists of the regime are still up and guarding against the specter of its old nemesis, just 93 miles north. And a crisis is brewing. As American diplomats withdraw following suspected sonic attacks, the country is dealing with its biggest political transition in more than half a century. The fate of a country is up for grabs. By looking at Cuba from the inside-out, Ariosto's personal journey helps to navigate what's in store for the island after that transition, all while under the shadow of President Donald Trump.
Contents
Last call with Castro
The spies among us
Men from State
The missing sink
Hearts, we do not know
Por botella
Los Yankees
Blue shrink-wrap
Rumble to the east
Rising dissent
The church broker
"The wild colt of new technologies"
Left behind
A way out
Return to Gotham
The benefactor
Into chaos
Trappings of detente
The normalization
The old guard
Alan Gross
Return of the embassies
The boom years
Cold War games
Baltimore back channel.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "For a self-described "young American photojournalist who then boasted only pidgin Spanish," Ariosto's arrival in Havana in 2009 on assignment for CNN was "the chance of a lifetime." Determined to be "somehow different from those pink-faced tourists," he's quickly reduced to an epithet, yuma street slang for "gringo." A year and a half later, he's "ready to leave-forever, he thought," disenchanted with food shortages (shopping is an all-day ordeal), housing (a sink used in the morning disappears by afternoon), and being watched ("trust was at a premium"). He quickly "comes to loathe" the catchall nonsensical phrase used to explain "the unexplainable": "This is Cuba." Beyond professional opportunities interviewing dissident blogger Yoáni Sanchez, following Cuban doctors through Haiti's 2010 earthquake aftermath, covering political-prisoner releases negotiating daily life overshadows his "fantasies." Departing, however, doesn't sever island ties; unprecedented historical events, including presidential shifts in both Cuba and the U.S., engender return trips. Despite repetition and disjointedness (some chapters seem like separate essays), Ariosto's insights are plentiful, and amid erratically evolving Cuba-U.S. relations, such personal perspectives, even from a yuma, provide the best portals to mutual understanding.--Terry Hong Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this hybrid of literary memoir and investigative reporting, journalist Ariosto narrates his yearly trips to Cuba, starting in 2009, to explore the country's rapidly changing economic and cultural landscape under Raul Castro's rule. The book includes an abbreviated version of roughly 60 years of hostility between Cuba and the U.S. (including the trade embargo, the millions of U.S. tax dollars spent promoting democracy in Cuba, and the 1999 return of six-year-old Elian Gonzalez to his Cuban father). Ariosto also illustrates day-to-day life, vividly describing Cubans' baseball obsession, the "steamy salvation" of cafecito, and the local color ("Crackling old radios and the brassy tunes of street musicians seeped through courtyards and down cobblestone alleyways"). He explains the black market, the convoluted dual currency system, and the slow advancement of internet access. In the later chapters, he turns to the careful negotiations of the dActente coordinated by President Obama and Raul Castro, and speculates about Cuba's future under Castro's replacement, Miguel DA-az-Canel. Ariosto is on a mission to discover authenticity, a relatively subjective idea, but he does not idealize Cuba, and he is refreshingly aware of his privilege as a white American man. With his firsthand experience, Ariosto brings modern Cuba to life, with all its complexities and eccentric charms. Agent: Peter Riva, International Transactions. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Ariosto, David -- Travel -- Cuba.
Americans -- Cuba -- Biography.
Photojournalists -- United States -- Biography.
Cold War -- Influence.
Social change -- Cuba.
Cuba -- Description and travel.
Cuba -- Social conditions -- 1990-
Cuba -- Politics and government -- 1990-
Cuba -- Relations -- United States.
United States -- Relations -- Cuba.
Publisher New York :2018
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description viii, 294 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-286) and index.
ISBN 9781250176974
1250176972
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