Bacardi And The Long Fight For Cuba
In this widely hailed book, NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten fuses the story of the Bacardi family and their famous rum business with Cuba's tumultuous experience over the last 150 years to produce a deeply entertaining historical narrative. The company Facundo Bacardi launched in Cuba in 1862 brought worldwide fame to the island, and in the decades that followed his Bacardi descendants participated in every aspect of Cuban life. With his intimate account of their struggles and adventures across five generations, Gjelten brings to life the larger story of Cuba's fight for freedom, its tortured relationship with America, the rise of Fidel Castro, and the violent division of the Cuban nation.
- Paperback | 413 pages
- 149.86 x 226.06 x 27.94mm | 571.52g
- 08 Oct 2009
- Penguin Putnam Inc
- Penguin USA
- New York, United States
aTom Gjelten traces the history of the Bacardi family, their business, and their involvement in Cuban history with consummate skill. This is a first-rate distillation, at once illuminating and entrancing; a sweeping narrative that rivals the best of historical novels. This book will definitely enhance the buzz in every Daiquiri and Mojito, and give added meaning to every Cuba Libre served anywhere in the worlda aCarlos Eire, author of "Waiting for Snow in Havana," winner of the National Book Award "With a novelist's sense of drama and a historian's understanding of the social forces that shape our lives, Tom Gjelten has captured vividly -- through the chronicle of a powerful family's fortunes -- one of the great political dramas of our time." --Ronald Steel, author of "Walter Lippmann and the American Century" aContained within family genealogy are often found profound insights into the history of an entire people. The BacardA-s represent one such family. Gjelten has fashioned a splendid prism through which to cast new light on the human dimensions of the Cuban past. The epochal transitions of Cuban national formation are experienced through successive generations of BacardA-s, revealing the complex ways that a people are overtaken by the forces of their own creation. Anyone with an interest in Cuban historyaand a fondness for Cuban rumawill find the BacardA- family history irresistible.a --Louis A. Perez, Jr., J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. a"Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba" explores and illuminates the story of our nearest and largest Caribbean island neighbor in an utterly unique and fundamentallyrevealing way. Tom Gjelten has written a book that is a amust reada for scholars, policy makers, and indeed anyone interested in the long, hard journey of Cuba -- and for what will happen there next. A brilliant job!" --Admiral Jim Stavridis, U.S. Navy, Commander, U.S. Southern Command "A marvelous blend of biography and vivid history. This book will surely become essential reading to understanding both Cubaas tragic past and the islandas post-Castro future. A stunning achievement from a versatile journalist." --Kai Bird, co-author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning biography, "American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer,"
About Tom Gjelten
Tom Gjelten is a veteran correspondent for National Public Radio on international issues and a regular panelist on the PBS program Washington Week. His reporting from Bosnia won him George Polk and Robert F. Kennedy awards. He is the author of Sarajevo Daily: A City and Its Newspaper Under Siege. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his family.