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This Is Cuba: An American Journalist Under Castro's Shadow
by David Ariosto

Language

English

Pages

298

Publication Date

December 11, 2018

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<p><b><i>USA Today</i> "New and Noteworthy" • One of <i>The Washington Post</i>'s "10 Books to Read—and Gift—in December"</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>Fidel Castro is dead. Donald Trump was elected president. And to most outsiders, the fate of Cuba has never seemed more uncertain. Yet those who look close enough may recognize that signs of the next revolution are etched in plain view.</b></p><p><i>This is Cuba</i> is a true story that begins in the summer of 2009 when a young American photo-journalist is offered the chance of a lifetime—a two-year assignment in Havana.</p><p>For David Ariosto, the island is an intriguing new world, unmoored from the one he left behind. From neighboring military coups, suspected honey traps, salty spooks, and desperate migrants to dissidents, doctors, and Havana’s empty shelves, Ariosto uncovers the island’s subtle absurdities, its Cold War mystique, and the hopes of a people in the throes of transition. Beyond the classic cars, salsa, and cigars lies a country in which black markets are ubiquitous, free speech is restricted, privacy is curtailed, sanctions wreak havoc, and an almost Kafka-esque goo of Soviet-style bureaucracy still slows the gears of an economy desperate to move forward.</p><p>But life in Cuba is indeed changing, as satellite dishes and internet hotspots dot the landscape and more Americans want in. Still, it’s not so simple. The old sentries on both sides of the Florida Straits remain at their posts, fists clenched and guarding against the specter of a Cold War that never quite ended, despite the death of Fidel and the hand-over of the presidency to a man whose last name isn’t Castro.</p><p>And now, a crisis is brewing.</p><p>In <i>This Is Cuba,</i> Ariosto looks at Cuba from the inside-out over the course of nine years, endeavoring to expose clues for what’s in store for the island as it undergoes its biggest change in more than half a century.</p>
Lonely Planet Cuba (Travel Guide)
by , Carolyn McCarthy

Language

English

Pages

544

Publication Date

October 01, 2017

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Customer Reviews
<P><I>#1 best-selling guide to Cuba*</I> </P><P><B>Lonely Planet <I>Cuba</I> </B>is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Walk through Havana's cobbled streets and evoke the ghosts of mega-rich sugar barons and sabre-rattling buccaneers; stay in a private homestay where you can quickly uncover the nuances of everyday Cuban life; and hop on your bike and hit the quintessentially rural Cuba in Valle de Vinales; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Cuba and begin your journey now! </P><P><B>Inside Lonely Planet's</B> <B><I>Cuba </I></B><B>Travel Guide:</B> </P><UL> <LI><B>Full-color </B>maps and images throughout <LI><B>Highlights</B> <B>and itineraries</B> help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests <LI><B>Insider tips</B> to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots <LI><B>Essential info</B> <B>at your fingertips</B> - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices <LI><B>Honest reviews for all budgets</B> - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss <LI><B>Cultural insights</B> give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, architecture, cuisine, music, dance, outdoor activities, literature, culture <li><B>Covers</B> Havana, Artemisa, Isla de la Juventud, Valle de Vinales, Pinar del Rio, Bay of Pigs, Santa Clara, Sancti Spiritus, Granma, Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo and more </LI></UL><P><B>eBook Features: </B>(Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones) </P><UL> <LI><B>Downloadable PDF and offline maps</B> prevent roaming and data charges <LI><B>Effortlessly navigate </B>and jump between maps and reviews <LI><B>Add notes</B> to personalise your guidebook experience <LI><B>Seamlessly flip </B>between pages <LI><B>Bookmarks and speedy search </B>capabilities get you to key pages in a flash <LI><B>Embedded links </B>to recommendations' websites <LI><B>Zoom-in </B>maps and images <LI><B>Inbuilt dictionary </B>for quick referencing </LI></UL><P><B>The Perfect Choice: </B><B>Lonely Planet <I>Cuba</I>,</B> our most comprehensive guide to Cuba, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled </P></UL><P><b>About Lonely Planet: </B>Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveler since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travelers. You’ll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.</p> <p><b>Important Notice:</b> The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.</p>
Fodor's Caribbean Cruise Ports of Call (Travel Guide Book 17)
by Fodor's Travel Guides

Language

English

Pages

432

Publication Date

February 14, 2017

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Customer Reviews
Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for more than 80 years. <br /><br />Packed with information on more than 40 ports of call and a dozen ports of embarkation, Caribbean Cruise Ports of Call is a comprehensive guide to everything from sightseeing information and strategies to help cruisers plan their own shore excursions to some basic information on the cruise-ship experience.<br /><br />This travel guide includes:<br />· Dozens of maps<br />· A "Cruise Primer" with the basics of cruising and "Cruising the Caribbean" with capsule overviews of every major cruise line<br />· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks<br />· Covered ports of call: Private Islands; St. John's, Antigua; Oranjestad, Aruba; Bridgetown, Barbados; Belize City, Belize; Bermuda; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Calica (Playa del Carmen), Mexico; Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; Costa Maya, Mexico; Willemstad, Curacao; Roseau, Dominica; Falmouth, Jamaica; Freeport-Lucaya, Bahamas; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands; St. George's, Grenada; Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe; Key West, Florida; La Romana, Dominican Republic; Fort-de-France, Martinique; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Nassau, Bahamas; Charlestown, Nevis; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Progreso, Mexico; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Roatan, Honduras; Samana (Cayo Levantado), Dominican Republic; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Santo Domingo, Domican Republic; Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala; Gustavia, St. Barthelemy; Fredericksted, St. Croix; Cruz Bay, St. John; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Castries, St. Lucia; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Kingstown, St. Vincent; Road Town, Tortola; and The Valley, Virgin Gorda<br />· Covered ports of embarkation: Baltimore, Maryland; Charleston, South Carolina; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Galveston, Texas; Houston, Texas; Jacksonville, Florida; Miami, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; New York, New York; Port Canaveral, Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tampa, Florida
Becoming a Sailor: A Singlehand Sailing Adventure
by Paul Trammell

Language

English

Pages

334

Publication Date

December 25, 2017

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"Fear is here for us to face, and adventure waits on the other side. " <br /><br />An immersive non-fiction adventure story, "Becoming a Sailor" captures the scene as one would experience it. Readers will feel that they are sailing in the ocean on a dark and windy night, beating into a northwest wind and heavy seas while rounding Cape Canaveral. They will feel the cold water hit them in the face when waves crash into the little sailboat. They will experience the joy of a perfect day, sailing at hull-speed under bright sunshine across the open water halfway between Cuba and Florida. They will dive in the clear waters of The Bahamas and see the ancient and cavernous coral around which swim schools of blue tang, majestic queen angelfish, and the upside-down royal gramma. The reader will surf big waves in Puerto Rico, freedive into underwater caves in Florida, visit the remote Venezuelan outpost of Isla Aves, explore a huge and abandoned 1800's fort in the Florida Straits. Alligators will be encountered deep in the Okefenokee swamp. Manta rays, dolphin, sharks, Goliath grouper, and many colorful reef fish move in and out of the story.<br /><br />"Becoming a Sailor" also goes into technical detail about the repairs and additions to Sobrius, a 1972 Dufour Arpege, as well as the techniques the author had to learn in order to sail singlehanded on multi-day passages.<br /><br />The narrative moves back and forth in time, from the author's adventures leading up to the purchase of Sobrius to the final journey, singlehanded, from Tampa Bay to The Dry Tortugas, then Miami, and finally to St Augustine. When the author departed on this passage, he had little experience, but had done much preparation and study. Still he was not certain about many things, including his ability, the ability of the vessel, and whether or not he could sleep in 20 minute increments for three or four days at a time. All the unknowns of a first singlehanded voyage lead to a fascinating experience which is shared with vivid description of both scene and mind in this gripping tale of adventure at sea.
A Small Place
by Jamaica Kincaid

Language

English

Pages

98

Publication Date

April 28, 2000

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<p>A brilliant look at colonialism and its effects in Antigua--by the author of <i>Annie John</i></p><p><i>"If you go to Antigua as a tourist, this is what you will see. If you come by aeroplane, you will land at the V. C. Bird International Airport. Vere Cornwall (V. C.) Bird is the Prime Minister of Antigua. You may be the sort of tourist who would wonder why a Prime Minister would want an airport named after him--why not a school, why not a hospital, why not some great public monument. You are a tourist and you have not yet seen . . ."</i></p><p>So begins Jamaica Kincaid's expansive essay, which shows us what we have not yet seen of the ten-by-twelve-mile island in the British West Indies where she grew up.</p><p>Lyrical, sardonic, and forthright by turns, in a Swiftian mode, <i>A Small Place</i> cannot help but amplify our vision of one small place and all that it signifies.</p>
Caribbean By Cruise Ship - 8th Edition: The Complete Guide to Cru...
by Anne Vipond

Language

English

Pages

352

Publication Date

January 30, 2018

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Customer Reviews
This is the complete guidebook for cruising the Caribbean. All the islands and ports of this diverse and exciting destination are here to help you anticipate your cruise and plan your activities ashore. Hundreds of color photographs complement the detailed text and there are dozens of color maps to help you get around. History, natural phenomena, flora and fauna and island culture are all included with the details of each port of call. Shore excursions along with shopping tips and beach and diving sites round out the editorial content.
Lonely Planet Puerto Rico (Travel Guide)
by , Luke Waterson

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

October 01, 2017

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Customer Reviews
<P><I>Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher</I> </P><P><B>Lonely Planet <I>Puerto Rico</I> </B>is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Follow Old San Juan's labyrinthine laneways, laze on the sand at Playa Flamenco, or kayak into the bioluminescent bay at Vieques; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of <I>Puerto Rico</I> and begin your journey now! </P><P><B>Inside Lonely Planet's <I>Puerto Rico</I> Travel Guide:</B> </P><UL> <LI><B>Full-colour </B>maps and images throughout <LI><B>Highlights</B> <B>and itineraries</B> help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests <LI><B>Insider tips</B> to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots <LI><B>Essential info</B> <B>at your fingertips</B> - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices <LI><B>Honest reviews for all budgets</B> - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss <LI><B>Cultural insights</B> give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - cuisine, customs, music, arts, landscapes, wildlife <LI><B>Covers</B> San Juan, El Yunque, Luquillo, Fajardo, Culebra, Vieques, Ponce, Arroyo, Guayama, Pozuelo, Rincon, Mayaguez, Manati, Arecibo, Dorado, Caguas, Bosque Estatal de Carite and more </LI></UL><P><B>eBook Features: </B>(Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones) </P><UL> <LI><B>Downloadable PDF and offline maps</B> prevent roaming and data charges <LI><B>Effortlessly navigate </B>and jump between maps and reviews <LI><B>Add notes</B> to personalise your guidebook experience <LI><B>Seamlessly flip </B>between pages <LI><B>Bookmarks and speedy search </B>capabilities get you to key pages in a flash <LI><B>Embedded links </B>to recommendations' websites <LI><B>Zoom-in </B>maps and images <LI><B>Inbuilt dictionary </B>for quick referencing </LI></UL><P><B>The Perfect Choice: </B><B>Lonely Planet <I>Puerto Rico</I>,</B> our most comprehensive guide to <I>Puerto Rico</I>, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled. </P></UL><P><b>About Lonely Planet: </B>Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveler since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travelers. You’ll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.</p> <p><b>Important Notice:</b> The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.</p>
Conquistador Voices: The Spanish Conquest of the Americas as Reco...
by Kevin H Siepel

Language

English

Pages

340

Publication Date

December 14, 2015

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Customer Reviews
<h4><b>The Spanish Conquest: What Really Happened?</b></h4><br /><p>Columbus discovered America, Cortés conquered the Aztecs, Pizarro the Incas. Soto had something to do with the Mississippi. And Cabeza de Vaca? Well, your teacher never mentioned him.</p><br /> <p>For most Americans, this is the extent of our knowledge about the invasion of the western hemisphere and subjection of its native peoples by a foreign power.</p><br /> <p>But now you can fill this gap in your knowledge by reading <i>Conquistador Voices</i>. You're likely to find the experience engaging because <i>Conquistador Voices</i> is built around first-person narratives.</p><br /> <p>You'll hear what happened from the lips of the foreign invaders themselves and, in some cases, from the people whose lands were invaded--the native Americans. Think of this book as a film documentary in written form, with 500-year-old "sound bites" blended into a smooth-flowing author narrative that refrains from telling you what to think, but rather leaves you to make your own moral judgments.</p><br /> <p>In these two volumes you'll find neither a defense of the conquistadors nor a politically correct polemic against them.</p><br /> <p>Volume I opens with the four voyages of Christopher Columbus, offering new insights into this man's complex character. It then explores in lavish detail the conquest of Mexico by Hernán Cortés. In Volume II you'll be taken into the high Andes with the brazen Pizarro brothers, into the wilds of Texas and Mexico with Álvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, and along a trail of successive misfortunes--through today's Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Texas--with the expedition of Hernando de Soto.</p><br /> <p><i>Conquistador Voices</i> is a one-stop layman's summary of this epic period, delving into persons and events we still talk about today.</p> <br /><p>Order a copy for yourself or other history buff now. If you require instant gratification, you may download the Kindle edition at once.</p>
Fodor's Essential France (Full-color Travel Guide Book 1)
by Fodor's Travel Guides

Language

English

Pages

815

Publication Date

March 14, 2017

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Customer Reviews
Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for more than 80 years. <br /><br />Unforgettable artwork, heavenly villages, and dream cities--there are so many reasons to visit France that deciding where to go and what to do can be a bit overwhelming. <i>Fodor's Essential France</i> takes the guesswork out of choosing the perfect French experiences by compiling the top choices chosen by Fodor's army of France-based writers.<br /><br />This travel guide includes:<br />· Dozens of full-color maps<br />· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks<br />· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path<br />· Side trips from Paris including Chartres, Versailles, and Monet's Garden   <br />· Coverage of Paris Neighbourhoods, Western Ile-de-France, Eastern Ile-de-France, Loire Valley, and Grenoble<br /><br />Planning to focus on just part of France? Check out Fodor's travel guides to Paris and Provence & the French Riviera.
CubaConga 2019: The underground Cuba travel guide
by Cuba Conga

Language

English

Pages

124

Publication Date

May 05, 2016

Product Description
Customer Reviews
Cuba starts where logic ends. CubaConga starts were the Lonely Planet ends. Cuba Conga goes a lot deeper into Cuba and it's way of life than any other travel guide. It's written by residents who wish to stay anonymous.<br />See Cuba through the eyes of a local.<br />They don’t tell you where to eat or to sleep but how to find good food and a ditto bed. How to live like a Cuban and how to get more out of your stay. they show you how to make friends, how to handle problems and how to find your way.<br /><br />And on top of that, they have some funny stories and deeper insights.<br /><br />If you’ve already been to Cuba they advise you not to read it unless you have a healthy sense of humour and are able to laugh at yourself… Man… did you do some stupid things while in Cuba :-). <br />We do apologise for that! You should have read our book.'<br /><br />Do you want to make your trip to Cuba more satisfying?<br /><br />You want to recognise a scam before they get you and have a smart way out ready?<br /><br />Do you want to avoid unnecessary costs?<br /><br />Do you want to get in touch with the real Cuban people?<br /><br />Are you the curious, adventurous type?<br /><br />Then you should really read our book!<br /><br />This is what Karin Muller says about it: <br /><br />I just finished reading CubaConga. It is by far the most useful book on Cuba I’ve ever come across. Almost any guidebook can provide the standard list of hotels, tourist hotspots, and eateries. None of them will give you this kind of in-depth, behind-the-scenes information that you will only figure out on your own after years of living among the locals, speaking the language, and making a whole lot of expensive and painful mistakes. <br /><br />I will be recommending it to anyone who is going to Cuba and wants more than the standard tourist resort experience. It will save them 10 times the cover price and they will have a far richer cultural experience.<br /><br />Karin<br />You know this is verbatim because her legal team would sue my ass if I just made this up!<br /><br />Just a tip:<br /><br />Arriving at the airport you will find the queue at the money exchange challenging, to say the least. Everybody wants CUCs and the process is slow. Waiting time between one and two hours, and that’s after you’ve survived the customs lines!<br /><br />There are two solutions to this problem:<br /><br />– Go up the stairs in Havana or next door in all other airports and in departures there is another exchange boot, without the waiting lines.<br />Well, until everybody reads this of course.<br />– An even simpler solution is to be found in the book among loads of other inspiring and revealing information. There is even a way to avoid the long lines at customs. <br /><br />Read this book if you want to understand Cuba better. Don't if you are looking for a list to tick off or a dreamy 'Mojito and Salsa' picture. Cuba is so much more than Cigars and Old cars.

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