Autobiography of A City

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Alfredo José Estrada's intimate ties to Havana form the basis for this "autobiography," written as though from the city's own heart. Covering the island's five hundred year history, Estrada portrays the adventurers and dreamers who left their mark on Havana, including José Martí, martyr for Cuban independence; and Ernest Hemingway, the most American of writers who became an unabashed Habanero.
Deeply personal and affecting, Havana is the accessible and complete story of the city for the history buff and armchair traveler alike.

Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781403975393
Branch Call Number: 972.9123 EST NVD
Characteristics: 275 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Jan 12, 2012

A great overview of Havana, and oftentimes Cuba overall. The chapters cover diverse topics and provide enough info to be informative, written well so that it's an enjoyable read - but not so much that it becomes boring. Reviews on other websites (like amazon.com or goodreads.com) may comment that this is not a massive, in-depth look at Havana - but not everyone wants that. If you're traveling to Havana and want a good read to put you in-the-know, this is probably the book you are looking for.

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