This is Cuba: An Outlaw Culture Survives by Ben CorbettThis is Cuba: An Outlaw Culture Survives by Ben Corbett

This is Cuba: An Outlaw Culture Survives

byBen Corbett

Paperback | March 31, 2004

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Beyond the throngs of tourists streaming through Central Havana's broad Prado Avenue, and outside the yoke of Castro's 43-year-old Revolutionary program, there exists a parallel Cuba - a separate evolution of a people struggling to survive. With personal stories that depict a people torn between following the directives of their government and finding a way to better their lot, journalist Ben Corbett gives us the daily life of many considered outlaws by Castro's regime. But are they outlaws or rather ingenious survivors of what many Cubans consider to be a forty-year mistake, a tangle of contradictions that has resulted in a strange hybrid of American-style capitalism and a homegrown black market economy.At a time when Cuba walks precariously on the ledge between socialism and capitalism,This Is Cubagets to the heart of this so-called outlaw culture, taking readers into the living rooms, rooftops, parks, and city streets to hear stories of frustration, hope, and survival. Updated with a new preface.
Ben Corbettis a freelance journalist who has spent several years researching and writing almost exlusively on Cuban culture, politics, and economics. Some of his features on Cuba have appeared inSalon,Tattoo Magazine,Easyriders,Fringe Golf, andRelix. He lives in Colorado.
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Title:This is Cuba: An Outlaw Culture SurvivesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.8 × 5.8 × 0.8 inPublished:March 31, 2004Publisher:Basic BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0813342244

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible As someone that just got back from living with a Cuban family and volunteering in a Cuban work placement, I think this book is a total piece of garbage. I suggest for all you potential customers that you invest in a book that tells both sides of the story. This book is biased and, yes, maybe I'm a bit biased too seeing I lived in only one small town. But there are more good things about the Revolution and Fidel Castro than this book says. For example, the book does not mention the fact that before the Revolution most country folk had little or no access to health care and most were illiterate. That has definately changed. All necessities are either free or inexpensive (education, food, books, health care, etc.) but the prices of stereos and VCRs and chocolate bars are through the roof. So? they aren't necessary! Regardless of any hardships, Cubans are, in MY OPINION, happy! They love life (not materialistic life )and this book does not seem to capture that. Anyway, I think I've written enough, I'm beginning to rant (even though I could still go on and on and on). All I want out of this is for people to know that THIS BOOK IS NOT CUBA! Buy a book that tells the real story. The good AND the bad .
Date published: 2005-04-01