Miami by Joan DidionMiami by Joan Didion


byJoan Didion

Paperback | September 29, 1998

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It is where Fidel Castro raised money to overthrow Batista and where two generations of Castro's enemies have raised armies to overthrow him, so far without success. It is where the bitter opera of Cuban exile intersects with the cynicism of U.S. foreign policy. It is a city whose skyrocketing murder rate is fueled by the cocaine trade, racial discontent, and an undeclared war on the island ninety miles to the south.

As Didion follows Miami's drift into a Third World capital, she also locates its position in the secret history of the Cold War, from the Bay of Pigs to the Reagan doctrine and from the Kennedy assassination to the Watergate break-in. Miami is not just a portrait of a city, but a masterly study of immigration and exile, passion, hypocrisy, and political violence.
Joan Didion was born in California and lives in New York City. She is the author of five novels and seven previous books of nonfiction.
Title:MiamiFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:240 pages, 7.99 × 5.22 × 0.63 inShipping dimensions:7.99 × 5.22 × 0.63 inPublished:September 29, 1998Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0679781803

ISBN - 13:9780679781806


From Our Editors

With her usual sharp eye for the realities of American life, Joan Didion explores an American city of glitter and glamour, a city of racial tension and fast money whose culture, history, and state of mind are inextricably linked with Cuba, only 90 miles away. An Editor's Choice selection of the New York Times and Time.

Editorial Reviews

"Her prose is . . . finely tuned . . . . [Miami] turns much sunny light into a murky underwater darkness full of sharks and evil shadows." —The New York Times

"Didion's Miami is a kaleidoscope of impressions, and a litany of violence, intrigue, vengeance, political manipulation, and broken dreams." —Boston Globe